Publisher description for Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War : selected writings and speeches / edited by Michael P. Johnson.


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Letting Lincoln's eloquent voice speak for itself, editor Michael Johnson has collected more than 180 of the writings and speeches that illuminate Lincoln’s life and career, from his youth to his entry into Republican politics and through his presidency. Classics like the Kansas-Nebraska speech, the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and the Gettysburg Address, along with less familiar writings — poignant letters to individual voters, notes to generals on military strategy, and stirring public speeches — show the development of Lincoln's thought on free labor, slavery, secession, the Civil War, and emancipation. Johnson provides historical context by weaving an engaging narrative around Lincoln’s own words, making this volume the most accessible collection of Lincoln’s writings available. Also included are 14 illustrations, relevant Civil War maps, a Lincoln chronology, reading questions, a bibliography, and an index.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Views on slavery.
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Military leadership.
Slavery -- United States -- History.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- United States.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.