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Abraham Lincoln, Slavery and the Civil War
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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.
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Foreword Preface List of Illustrations Introduction Lessons of Life Becoming a Republican Leading the Republican Party The Secession Crisis A War to Save the Union Marching South Toward Emancipation A War for Freedom and Union Defending a New Birth of Freedom To Finish the Work We Are In Chronology Questions to Consider Selected Bibliography Index

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MICHAEL P. JOHNSON is Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. He has written several books on the South in the Civil War.

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'Anyone who would understand the American Civil War needs to understand Abraham Lincoln, and it is hard to imagine a better overview than offered here. This volume presents all of Lincoln's most famous writings and a generous sampling of others, along with lucid commentary and truly helpful documentation. Michael Johnson has given us a clear window into a key episode of American history' - Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia 'This collection, designed to present the 'essential Lincoln', is an invaluable resource for students and general readers interested in exploring Lincoln's views on slavery and the Civil War. Lincoln the wordsmith is displayed superbly in these well-chosen and well-introduced documents.' - Drew Faust, University of Pennsylvania

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