The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincoln's Greatest Speech

The Gettysburg Address: Perspectives on Lincoln's Greatest Speech

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Overview

It remains without question the most memorable and memorized speech in American history. On November 19, 1863, in 272 words delivered among the freshly dug graves of Union dead upon the country's bloodiest battlefield, Abraham Lincoln redefined American liberty and forever altered the course of the nation.

This volume aims to place the Gettysburg Address in its full context, examining both its influences and impacts, and approaching it from a number of modern perspectives. Never before in one anthology has Lincoln's immortal address been viewed through such far-reaching lenses as emancipation, women's rights, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, and more. The scholarship included in this audiobook is new and exciting, with each of its 15 essays providing further meditation on major themes in the evolution of freedom and equality in America.

Edited by filmmaker Sean Conant and with contributions from some of the country's leading scholars including Sean Wilentz, Craig L. Symonds, and Harold Holzer, this volume explores how in the century and a half since it was delivered, the Gettysburg Address has proven a seemingly inexhaustible source of somber reflection and soaring hope, and why its language continues to resonate with so many people seeking meaning for their own struggles and sacrifices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478907848
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sean Conant is an American filmmaker and the writer, director, and producer of the 2015 documentary film The Gettysburg Address. He lives on the New Hampshire seacoast.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Foreword
HAROLD HOLZER

Part I: Influences
1. Classical Democracy and the Gettysburg Address
NICHOLAS P. COLE
2. "We Here Highly Resolve": The End of Compromise and the Return to Revolutionary Time
ROBERT PIERCE FORBES
3. Democracy at Gettysburg
SEAN WILENTZ
4. Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address
CRAIG L. SYMONDS
5. Theodore Parker, Transcendentalism, and the Gettysburg Address
DEAN GRODZINS
6. Death and the Gettysburg Address
MARK S. SCHANTZ
7. Shared Suffering and the Way to Gettysburg
CHANDRA MANNING
8. Little Note, Long Remember: Lincoln and the Murk of Myth at Gettysburg
ALLEN C. GUELZO

Part II: Impacts
9. "A New Birth of Freedom": Emancipation and the Gettysburg Address
LOUIS P. MASUR
10. "The Great Task Before Us": Lincoln and Reconstruction
GEORGE RUTHERGLEN
11. Immigration and the Gettysburg Address: Nationalism and Equality at the Gates
ALISON CLARK EFFORD
12. Engendering the Gettysburg Address: Its Meaning for Women
JEAN H. BAKER
13. The Gettysburg Address and Civil Rights
RAY ARSENAULT
14. Widely Noted and Long Remembered: The Gettysburg Address Around the World
DON H. DOYLE
15. The Search for Meaning in Lincoln's Great Oration
THOMAS A. DESJARDIN

Appendix: The Five Copies of The Gettysburg Address
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Index

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