The eloquent president : a portrait of Lincoln through his words / Ronald C. White, Jr

Author(s): White, Ronald C. (Ronald Cedric), 1939-
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Subjects: Presidents--United States--Biography
Eloquence--Case studies
Rhetoric--Political aspects--United States--Case studies
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--History and criticism
American letters--History and criticism
United States--Politics and government--1861-1865
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Oratory
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Correspondence
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Random House, c2005
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: xxiii, 448 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2004050766
ISBN: 1400061199 (alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references (p. [403]-421) and index
Summary: Historian Ronald White examines Lincoln's astonishing oratory and explores his growth as a leader, a communicator, and a man of deepening spiritual conviction. Examining a different speech, address, or public letter in each chapter, White tracks the evolution of Lincoln's rhetoric from the measured, lawyerly tones of the First Inaugural to the haunting, immortal poetry of the Gettysburg Address. As a speaker who appealed not to intellect alone, but also to the hearts and souls of citizens, Lincoln persuaded the nation to follow him during the darkest years of the Civil War. Through the speeches and what surrounded them, we see the full sweep and meaning of the Lincoln presidency.--Publisher
OCLC Number: 55286470
ISBN/ISSN: 1400061199