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The Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln


Part of Cambridge Companions to American Studies

Ivy Wilson, Faith Barrett, Carol Payne, Stephen Cushman, Timothy Sweet, Bethany Schneider, Deak Nabers, Harold K. Bush, Paul Giles, Betsy Erkkila, Robert Fanuzzi, Anne Norton
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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521145732

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  • Abraham Lincoln's stature as an American cultural figure grows from his political legacy. In today's milieu, the speeches he delivered as the sixteenth president of the United States have become synonymous with American progress, values and exceptionalism. But what makes Lincoln's language so effective? Highlighting matters of style, affect, nationalism and history in nineteenth-century America, this collection examines the rhetorical power of Lincoln's prose – from the earliest legal decisions, stump speeches, anecdotes and letters, to the Gettysburg Address and the lingering power of the Second Inaugural Address. Through careful analysis of his correspondence with Civil War generals and his early poetry, the contributors, all literary and cultural critics, give readers a unique look into Lincoln's private life. Such a collection enables teachers, students, and readers of American history to assess the impact of this extraordinary writer – and rare politician – on the world's stage.

    • For the first time, literary critics write about the world of Abraham Lincoln, casting Lincoln's language in a literary as well as historical context
    • European and Latin American responses are included, depicting Lincoln as an international president
    • Images and poetry are included as well as Lincoln's speeches, making him a fully inhabited cultural space
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521145732
    • length: 235 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    1. Rhetorically Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln and oratorical culture Ivy Wilson
    2. Abraham Lincoln and poetry Faith Barrett
    3. Seeing Lincoln: visual encounters Carol Payne
    4. The Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Stephen Cushman
    5. Lincoln and the natural nation Timothy Sweet
    6. Abraham Lincoln and the American Indians Bethany Schneider
    7. Abraham Lincoln and the self-governing constitution Deak Nabers
    8. Abraham Lincoln and spiritual crisis Harold K. Bush
    9. Lincoln and England during the Civil War Paul Giles
    10. Lincoln in international memory Betsy Erkkila
    11. Lincoln in hemispheric relations Robert Fanuzzi
    12. Lincoln and the calling of the dead Anne Norton
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln
    • The Era of Abraham Lincoln
    • U S History
  • Editor

    Shirley Samuels, Cornell University, New York
    Shirley Samuels works with the American Studies program and the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Cornell University. She has taught at Princeton, Brandeis and the University of Delaware. She has had fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library and the Library Company of Philadelphia. In addition to journal articles and chapters in books, she is author of Reading the American Novel: 1780–1865 (2012), Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War (2004) and Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation (1996). She is editor of the Companion to American Fiction, 1780–1865 (2004) and The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America (1992).


    Ivy Wilson, Faith Barrett, Carol Payne, Stephen Cushman, Timothy Sweet, Bethany Schneider, Deak Nabers, Harold K. Bush, Paul Giles, Betsy Erkkila, Robert Fanuzzi, Anne Norton

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