Abraham Lincoln the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend

Hardcover | September 1, 1992

byLois J. Einhorn

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Although much has been written about Abraham Lincoln, there has been little rhetorical analysis of how this public man communicated with his listeners. Yet by studying his rhetoric closely, we can gain real insights into Lincoln as an orator, debater, jester, lawyer, statesman, leader, and president. This critical appraisal of his public speaking is linked to transcripts of some major speeches and to a chronology, bibliography, and an index. This useful one-volume reference is intended for students, scholars, and experts in communications and rhetoric, political science, and American studies and history. Lois J. Einhorn presents a rhetorical analysis of Abraham Lincoln's speaking, defining his view toward public speaking, characteristics of his rhetoric, his use of humor, and the development of his various addresses while president. Texts of nine selected speeches are printed exactly. A short chronology of speeches, a selected bibliography of Lincoln as a speaker, and a general index complete this important new reference work.

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Although much has been written about Abraham Lincoln, there has been little rhetorical analysis of how this public man communicated with his listeners. Yet by studying his rhetoric closely, we can gain real insights into Lincoln as an orator, debater, jester, lawyer, statesman, leader, and president. This critical appraisal of his publ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1992Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313261687

ISBN - 13:9780313261688

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?This beautifully crafted book is the sixteenth volume in a series on Great American Orators. . . . There are many points of intetest in this slim but well-written volume, such as Lincoln's use of humor and ridicule as rhetorical devices; his evolving rhetorical stances on slavery, race, and amancipation; and how it was that North and South each heard very different messages in the "First Inaugural Address." Einhorn has written a book that will interest rhetoricians and historians, as well as all those many others who simply enjoy reading about our Sixteenth President.??Civil War History