The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincolns Greatest Speech

Paperback | June 5, 2015

EditorSean Conant

not yet rated|write a review
It is the most famous speech Lincoln ever gave, and one of the most important orations in the history of the nation. Delivered on November 19, 1863, among the freshly dug graves of the Union dead, the Gettysburg Address defined the central meaning of the Civil War and gave cause for thenation's incredible suffering. The poetic language and moral sentiment inspired listeners at the time, and have continued to resonate powerfully with groups and individuals up to the present day. What gives this speech its enduring significance? This collection of essays, from some of the best-known scholars in the field, answers that question. Placing the Address in complete historical and cultural context and approaching it from a number of fresh perspectives, the volume first identifies how Lincoln was influenced by great thinkers on hisown path toward literary and oratory genius. Among others, Nicholas P. Cole draws parallels between the Address and classical texts of Antiquity and John Stauffer considers Lincoln's knowledge of the King James Bible and Shakespeare. The second half of the collection then examines the many ways inwhich the Gettysburg Address has been interpreted, perceived, and utilized in the past 150 years. Since 1863, African Americans, immigrants, women, gay rights activists, and international figures have invoked the speech's language and righteous sentiments on their respective paths toward freedom andequality. Essays include Louis P. Masur on the role the Address played in eventual emancipation; Jean H. Baker on the speech's importance to the women's rights movement; and Don H. Doyle on the Address's international legacy.Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg in a defining moment for America, but as the essays in this collection attest, his message is universal and timeless. This work brings together the foremost experts in the field to illuminate the many ways in which that message continues to endure.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.50

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

It is the most famous speech Lincoln ever gave, and one of the most important orations in the history of the nation. Delivered on November 19, 1863, among the freshly dug graves of the Union dead, the Gettysburg Address defined the central meaning of the Civil War and gave cause for thenation's incredible suffering. The poetic language...

Sean Conant is a documentary filmmaker. He is the writer, producer, and director of the major documentary film "The Gettysburg Address", to be released in 2015.

other books by Sean Conant

Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190227451

ISBN - 13:9780190227456

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincolns Greatest Speech

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

PrefaceJames M. McPherson: ForewordPart I: Influences1. Nicholas P. Cole: Classical Democracies and America's Greek Revival2. Sean Wilentz: The Third War Aim: Lincoln and Democracy at Gettysburg3. John Stauffer: King James Bible and Shakespeare4. Robert Pierce Forbes: Compromise Transcended: The Gettysburg Address and Revolutionary Time5. Craig L. Symonds: Daniel Webster and his Second Reply to Hayne6. Dean Grodzins: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism7. Chandra Manning: Soldier Sacrifice and Motivation8. Mark S. Schantz: Civil War Death and Memorial9. Allen Guelzo: Lincoln at GettysburgPart II: Impacts10. Louis P. Masur: "A New Birth of Freedom": The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation11. Mark W. Summers: Reconstruction and Southern Relations12. Alison Efford: The Gettysburg Address and Immigrants13. Jean H. Baker: The Gettysburg Address and Women14. Ray Arsenault: The Gettysburg Address and Civil Rights15. Thomas A. Desjardin: The Search for Meaning in Lincoln's Great Oration16. Don H. Doyle: The Gettysburg Address Around the WorldHarold Holzer: Afterword