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Lincoln's greatest speech : the second inaugural

by Ronald C White; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)

  Print book : Biography

Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural   (2006-09-13)


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by gjebbia

White offers commentary and analysis of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and also offers insight into Lincoln's rhetorical style, political motivations, and religious beliefs. He shows how this very short speech reveals Lincoln's flexible and evolving position on the issue of slavery, his fidelity to the Constitution, his steadfast dedication to the preservation of the Union, and his plans for reconstruction. White makes a powerful argument that Lincoln was asking the nation to recognize the Civil War was the judgment of God for the offense of slavery and that this divine retribution was aimed at both sides. This small volume will interest those curious about Lincoln's thoughts and motivations during an important transition in American history.

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