The Essential Lincoln: Speeches and Correspondence

Edited by Orville Vernon Burton
192 pages
7.75 x 5.25 inches

Eloquent, humble, and shrewd, Abraham Lincoln was one of America’s greatest presidents. The Essential Lincoln brings together defining speeches, public and private correspondence, and personal notations in one handsome volume. Many of Lincoln's writings are presented unabridged, including his speech at Cooper Union in February 1860, his August 1862 letter to Horace Greeley, the Gettysburg Address, and his second inaugural address. Others, including two of his decisive debates with Stephen A. Douglas, the Emancipation Proclamation, and his first inaugural address, have been skillfully abridged to reveal the essence of Lincoln’s views. From his earliest writings as a loquacious twenty-three-year-old in New Salem to his last public address from the White House balcony, these original documents testify to Lincoln’s most deeply rooted convictions and aspirations: his unflagging dedication to a united America, his reverence for the rule of law, his feelings on slavery and each human being’s inalienable natural rights, his boundless belief in mankind’s innate intelligence and morality.