Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln's stature as an American cultural figure growsfrom his political legacy. In today's milieu, the speeches hedelivered as the sixteenth president of the United States havebecome synonymous with American progress, values andexceptionalism. But what makes Lincoln's language so effective?Highlighting matters of style, affect, nationalism and history innineteenth-century America, this collection examines the rhetoricalpower of Lincoln's prose – from the earliest legal decisions, stumpspeeches, anecdotes and letters, to the Gettysburg Address and thelingering power of the Second Inaugural Address. Through carefulanalysis of his correspondence with Civil War generals and hisearly poetry, the contributors, all literary and cultural critics,give readers a unique look into Lincoln's private life. Such acollection enables teachers, students, and readers of Americanhistory to assess the impact of this extraordinary writer – andrare politician – on the world's stage.