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The Living Words of Abraham Lincoln Selected writings of a great president.
The Living Words of Abraham Lincoln Selected writings of a great president Author:Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln, writes poet and biographer Carl Sandburg in his revealing Foreword, was a man "both steel and velvet," a man "hard as rock and soft as drifting fog," a man who "held in his heart and mind the parodox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect." The Living Words of Abraham Lincoln offers every American the chance to know... more » this fascinating, parodoxical man.
Sandburg's Forward; humourous stories; and Lincoln's own words combine here to help explain the greatness of the plain, self-educated man who led a divided nation through the most violent upheaval it had ever known.
He was a complex personality, but he modestly denied his uniqueness. He commented of a short autobiographical sketch, "There is not much of it, for the reason, I suppose, that there is not much of me." But there was much of Lincoln, and extraordinary depths and currents move through his words and works.
Confronted with the cruelty of slavery, Lincoln became a compassionate accuser; before the graves of the fallen at Gettysburg, he cried out for liberty in eloquent prose; meeting the stresses of people torn by civil war, he spoke blunt facts gently. And, he maintained his matchless humour.
The Living Words of Abraham Lincoln faithfully portrays one of the noblest and one of the most admired spirits in history.
...that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.« less