This series allows participants to examine and appreciate anew the rhetoric, political skill, and moral transformation of the sixteenth president. His words are a window into the mind of a canny politician and deep thinker considering the central questions of Civil War era: the nature of democratic participation; how to navigate the turbulent partisanship and regionalism of the antebellum era; the secession crisis and outbreak of civil war; the meaning of the nation’s bloodiest conflict; and, finally, the task of “binding up the nation’s wounds” and protecting the newly won citizenship of African Americans at the close of the war. […]
This volume includes nine of the sixteenth president’s most stirring addresses on issues of freedom, civic duty, slavery and the Constitution. The addresses include his early 1838 speech “Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois”, his famous “House Divided” and Cooper-Union speeches, as well as signal wartime addresses.