Lincoln s Selected Writings includes a rich selection of his public
and private letters, speeches, eulogies, proposals, debate
transcriptions, addresses (including the First and Second
Inaugurals), and more. The texts are accompanied by explanatory
annotations, a detailed preface, a note on the texts, and a list of
abbreviations. Lincoln s writings are followed by contemporary
responses to him in poems, songs, and articles; representations of
Lincoln in modern imaginative and nonfiction writing; and
selections from recent cross-disciplinary studies of Lincoln
including discussions of his literary techniques and oratorical
style as well as examinations of his political evolution in new
cultural and social contexts. Among the many contributors are
Horace Greeley, Jesse Hutchinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Karl Marx,
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Victor Hugo, and Walt
Whitman. Modern Views presents sixteen major interpretations of
Lincoln s life, work, and legacy carefully chosen to promote
discussion. The contributors are Carl Sandburg, Allen C. Guelzo,
James Oakes, Gillian Silverman, Richard N. Current, Harold Holzer,
Sean Wilentz, Eric Foner, Manisha Sinha, Robert A. Ferguson, Gabor
Boritt, James McPherson, Stephen Cushman, Faith Barrett, David S.
Reynolds, and Richard Carwardine and Jay Sexton. A chronology,
selected bibliography, and index are also included."
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