- Lincoln on Democracy Abraham Lincoln and Mario Matthew Cuomo HCDJ
- Author: Abraham Lincoln Edited by Mario Matthew Cuomo and Harold Holzer
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins; 1st edition (November 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 9780060391263
- Genre: History, Political Science
Back in print after ten years, this unique book brings together 141 speeches, speech excerpts, letters, fragments, and other writings by Lincoln on the theme of democracy. Selected by leading historians, the writings include such standards as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, but also such little-seen writings as a letter assuring a general that the President felt safe—drafted just three days before Lincoln’s assassination. In this richly annotated chronology, the writings are grouped into seven sections with introductions written by well-known historians: Gabor Borritt, William E. Gienapp, Charles B. Strozier, Richard Nelson Current, James M. McPherson, Mark E. Neely, Jr., and Hans L. Trefousse. In addition, each section’s title page displays a photograph of Lincoln from the time period covered in that section, with a paragraph describing the source and the occasion for which the photograph was made.
Lincoln on Democracy edited and introduced by Mario M. Cuomo and Harold Holzer is an anthology written by Lincoln, in his own words with essays by America's foremost Civil War historians. These include: Gabor S. Boritt, William E. Gienapp, Charles B. Strozier, Richard Nelson Current, James M. McPherson, Mark E. Neely, Jr., and Hans L. Trefousse. I found this volume to be very valuable in understanding, not only Lincoln's psyche, but that of the country as a whole. Lincoln has been called one of the best writers among the American presidents, even though his delivery was not as dynamic. This unique anthology includes such well-known selections as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address, but that is only the beginning. As there are equally inspiring speeches, letter, notes and diary entries. Not to mention a revealing dream that Lincoln wrote down for posterity.
"Lincoln on Democracy" documents Lincoln as an extraordinary leader, taking him from a local politician to a national leader in time of crisis. The reaffirmation of Lincoln's commitment to the ideas of liberty and the savior of the union.
This book is dedicated to the people of Poland as this volume was assembled at the request of the Solidarity teachers in a newly democratized Poland. There are seven chapters in this book dividing it into easily followed and logical order.
They are: "The People's Business" Lincoln and the American Dream 1832-1852
"All We Have Ever Held Sacred" Lincoln and Slavery 1854-1857
"Another Explosion Will Come" Lincoln and the House Divided 1858
"Right Makes Might" Lincoln and the Race for President 1859-1860
"Hour of Trial" Lincoln and the Union 1861
"Forever Free" Lincoln and Liberty 1862-1863
"For Us the Living" Lincoln and Democracy 1863- 1865
This is a fully annotated collection also containing an extensive chronology linking Lincoln's life and accomplishments with the world and national events with photograghs from various periods in his career. The essays are written extremely well and set the tone of each chapter making this volume compelling as we reexamine our republic with Lincoln as our guide for the time period of this book.
From the Publisher Everything the Great Emancipator had to say on the subject of democracy, illuminated by essays from the nation's foremost Civil War historians.
About the Editors
Mario M. Cuomo is the former Governor of New York.
Harold Holzer is a leading expert on Abraham Lincoln. His most recent book for Fordham was The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete, Unexpurgated Text.
This book is like new, it has been well cared for. MSRP $24.95-USA/ $32.95-Canada
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