Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

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Simon and Schuster, 1992 - 317 páginas
The power of words has rarely been given a more compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle. Instead, he gave the whole nation "a new birth of freedom" in the space of a mere 272 words. His entire life and previous training, and his deep political experience went into this, his revolutionary masterpiece. By examining both the address and Lincoln in their historical moment and cultural frame, Wills breathes new life into words we thought we knew, and reveals much about a president so mythologized but often misunderstood. Wills shows how Lincoln came to change the world and to effect an intellectual revolution, how his words had to and did complete the work of the guns, and how Lincoln wove a spell that has not yet been broken.
 

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Key to Brief Citations
17
Oratory of the Greek Revival
41
Gettysburg and the Culture of Death
63
The Transcendental Declaration
90
Revolution in Thought
121
Revolution in Style
148
Epilogue
177
Appendices
191
The Site
205
Four Funeral Orations
211
Acknowledgments
265
Index to the Gettysburg Address
307
Photo Credits
317
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Garry Wills, former Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University, is the author of Inventing America and Explaining America, as well as Reagan's America, Under God, Nixon Agonistes, The Kennedy Imprisonment, and other books. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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