Great Speeches

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Courier Corporation, 1991 - History - 113 pages
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For someone who claimed he had been educated by "littles" a little now and a little then Abraham Lincoln displayed a remarkable facility in his use of the written word. The simple yet memorable eloquence of his speeches, proclamations and personal correspondence is recorded here in a representative collection of 16 documents.
This volume contains, complete and unabridged, the Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois (1838), which emphasized a theme Lincoln was to return to repeatedly, namely, the capacity of a people to govern themselves; the "House Divided" speech at the Republican State Convention in Illinois (1858); the First Inaugural Address (1861), in which he appealed to the people of an already divided union for sectional harmony; the Gettysburg Address (1863), a speech delivered at ceremonies dedicating a part of the Gettysburg battlefield as a cemetery; the Letter to Mrs. Bixby (1864), expressing Lincoln's regrets over the wartime deaths of her five sons; the Second Inaugural Address (March 1865), urging a post-war nation to "bind up its wounds" and show "charity for all"; and his Last Public Address (April 11, 1865). New notes place the speeches and other documents in their respective historical contexts.
An invaluable reference for history students, this important volume will also fascinate admirers of Abraham Lincoln, Americana enthusiasts, Civil War buffs and any lover of the finely crafted phrase. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

This is a fine collection of Lincoln's speeches, spanning his time in Illinois politics and in Washington. Appelbaum did a good drop arranging and collecting these words. As for the speeches, they are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Markhiller - Goodreads

Great book to actually pull out to read not just excerpts from Lincolns great speeches but the complete text. The Gettesbugh Addres, his inaguaral addresses, etc. Read full review

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Address Before the Young Mens Lyceum of Springfield Illinois January 27 1838
Speech in the United States House of Representatives July 27 1848
Speech Delivered at Springfield Illinois at the Close of the Republican State Convention June 16 1858
Last Speech in Springfield Illinois in the 1858 Campaign October 30 1858
Address at Cooper Institute New York February 27 1860
Farewell Address at Springfield Illinois February 11 1861
First Inaugural Address March 4 1861
Message to Congress in Special Session July 4 1861
Annual Message to Congress December 1 1862
Final Emancipation Proclamation January 1 1863
Proclamation for Thanksgiving October 3 1863
Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg November 19 1863
Letter to Mrs Bixby November 21 1864
Second Inaugural Address March 4 1865
Last Public Address April 11 1865

Proclamation of a National FastDay August 12 1861

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Kevin G. Pace is an award-winning composer and musician. He has written numerous works in many different genres. His works include music for choir, solo voice, beginning to advanced piano solo, and piano duet. His music ranges from sacred to blues to boogie to classical/romantic to modern. He lives with his beautiful wife and large dog in the Salt Lake valley. He has six children and twelve grandchildren.

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