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Book: Paperback | 210 x 133mm | 208 pages | ISBN 9780143121985 | 28 Aug 2012 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln
Allen C. Guelzo
Allen C. Guelzo
Richard Beeman

In time for the upcoming election season, Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life, including the founding documents, pivotal historical speeches, and important Supreme Court decisions, to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues.

As president, Abraham Lincoln endowed the American language with a vigor and moral energy that have all but disappeared from today's public rhetoric. His words are testaments of our history, windows into his enigmatic personality, and resonant examples of the writer's art. Renowned Lincoln and Civil War scholar Allen C. Guelzo brings together this volume of Lincoln Speeches that span the classic and obscure, the lyrical and historical, the inspirational and intellectual. The book contains everything from classic speeches that any citizen would recognize—the first debate with Stephen Douglas, the "House Divided" Speech, the Gettysburg Address, the Second Inaugural Address—to the less known ones that professed Lincoln fans will come to enjoy and intellectuals and critics praise. These orations show the contours of the civic dilemmas Lincoln, and America itself, encountered: the slavery issue, state v. federal power, citizens and their duty, death and destruction, the coming of freedom, the meaning of the Constitution, and what it means to progress.


INTRODUCTION by Allen C. Guelzo



To the People of Sangamo County, New Salem, Illinios,
March 9, 1832

Protest Entered in the Illinois Legislature,
Vandalia, Illinois, March 3, 1837

”The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions,”
Springfield, Illinois, January 37, 1838

Speech on the Sub-Treasury, Springfield, Illinois,
December 26, 1839

Address to the Washington Temperance Society,
Springfield, Illinois, February 22, 1842

Speech on the War with Mexico, Washington, DC,
January 12, 1848

Speech on the 1848 Presidential Race, Washington DC
July 27, 1848

Campaign Speech for Zachary Taylor, Worcester,
Massachusetts, September 12, 1848

Eulogy on Henry Clay, Springfield, Illinois,
July 6, 1852

Speech at Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854

The “House Divided” Speech, Springfield, Illinois,
June 16, 1858

Speech at Chicago, Illinois, July 10, 1858

Speech at Lewistown, Illinois, August 17, 1858

Fifth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas, Galesburg,
Illinois, October 7, 1858

Sixth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas, Quincy,
Illinois, October 13, 1858

Seventh Debate with Stephen A. Douglas, Alton,
Illinois, October 15, 1858

Address Before the Wisconsin State Agricultural
Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 30, 1859

Address at Cooper Institute, New York City,
February 27, 1860

Speech at New Haven, Connecticut, March 6, 1860

Address to the New Jersey State Senate, Trenton,
New Jersey, February 21, 1861

Speech at Independence Hall, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, February 22, 1861

First Inaugural Address, Washington DC,
March 4, 1861

Message to the Special Session of the 37th Congress,
Washington, DC, July 4, 1861

First Annual Message to Congress, Washington, DC
December 3, 1861

Memorandum of Interview with John W. Crisfield,
Washington, DC, March 10, 1862

Appeal to Border State Representatives to Favor
Compensated Emancipation, Washington, DC,
July 12, 1862

Address on Colonization to an African American
Delegation, Washington, DC, August 14, 1862

Reply to Emancipation Memorial Presented by
Chicago Christians of All Denominations,
Washington, DC, September 13, 862

Second Annual Message to Congress,
Washington, DC, December 1, 1862

Letter to James C. Conkling, Washington, DC,
August 26, 1863

Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery
at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863

To Albert G. Hodges, Washington, DC,
April 4, 1864

Speech to the One Hundred Sixty-sixth
Ohio Regiment, Washington, DC, August 22, 1864

Response to a Serenade, Washington, DC,
November 10, 1864

Response to a Serenade, Washington, DC,

Second Inaugural Address, Washington, DC,
March 4, 1865

Address on Reconstruction, Washington, DC
April 11, 1865


Abraham Lincoln