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Abraham Lincoln the Orator

Penetrating the Lincoln Legend

by Lois J. Einhorn

 

Although much has been written about Abraham Lincoln, there has been little rhetorical analysis of how he communicated with his public. Einhorn studies Lincoln's rhetoric closely, and provides real insights into Lincoln as an orator, debater, jester, lawyer, statesman, leader, and president.

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September 1992

Greenwood

Pages 248
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General
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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.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Series Foreword
Halford Ryan, Foreword
A Rhetorical Analysis of Abraham Lincoln's Speaking
Introduction
Lincoln Speaks about Speaking
Did Lincoln Practice What He Preached? Characteristics and Development of Lincoln's Speaking
No Laughing Matter: Lincoln's Use of Humor as a Rhetorical Device
Lincoln's First Inaugural: Peace and Sword
Evolving Rhetorical Stances on Emancipation
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: Immediate Failure and Lasting Success
Conclusion: The Making of a Legend
Lincoln Speaks Out: Texts of Selected Speeches
"Lyceum Address"
"Temperance Address"
"House Divided Speech"
"Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions"
"Cooper Union Address"
"Farewell to Springfield"
"First Inaugural Address"
"Gettysburg Address"
"Second Inaugural Address"
Notes
Chronology of Major Speeches
History in Motion: Selected Bibliography on Lincoln
Index

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

Einhorn . . . has masterfully analyzed Lincoln's speeches to reveal the complexities and brilliance of the sixteenth president. . . . A faascinating look at a most complex man. Speech and the use of language was an integral part of Abraham Lincoln, and this book should read by anyone who is interested in him.—The Courier

Professor Einhorn has written a fine volume with an outstanding literary style. This tome will prove to be most valuable to students of Lincolniana, as well as those in the fields of rhetoric, speech, communications. . . . recommends that libraries and scholars immediately obtain the volume for their collections. It will indeed be a joy to read for both entertainment and research. Much thought has gone into its writing.—Lincoln Herald

Lois J. Einhorn, has masterfully analyzed Lincoln's speeches to reveal the complexities and brilliance of the sixteenth president. . . . a fascinating look at a most complex man. Speech and the use of language was an integral part of Abraham Lincoln, and this book should be read by anyone who is interested in him.—The Courier

. . . Contained therein are sound arguments and original thinking, too. Einhorn has made a welcome contribution to the field, and I suspect that most Lincoln students will--and should--add it to their libraries.—Bluer Gray Magazine

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

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