Think anew, act anew : Abraham Lincoln on slavery, freedom, and union /
Brooks D. Simpson, editor.
Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, c1998.
xiv, 205 p. ; 21 cm.
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Wheeling, Ill. : Harlan Davidson, c1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-202) and index.
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Although not designed as such, this well-edited volume might well serve as a supplement to Herman Belz's Abraham Lincoln, Constitutionalism, and Equal Rights in the Civil War Era (CH, Jul'98). From his 1854 Peoria rejoinder to the Stephen Douglas Kansas-Nebraska Act, through "House Divided" and his key February 1860 Cooper Union address, to his final written ideas on the forthcoming Reconstruction, Lincoln's own words are those of a constitutional lawyer who revered the Founding Fathers and their 1787 handiwork, and of a politician who consistently shaped his thoughts and policies alike to the Whig tradition of constitutional restraint. This collection of writings provides no comfort to those ideologues of the left who would make of Lincoln a benign despot of sorts, crafting a race-based second American Revolution that would lead in the 20th century to governmental and academic policies of racial or gender preference. Superbly appropriate for general readers and undergraduates. R. A. Fischer; University of MinnesotaDSDuluth
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The speeches and writings of Abraham Lincoln inspire and instruct today as much as they did during his lifetime, sometimes more so. Thus it should come as no surprise that there exist numerous compilations of his collected works, form the rather comprehensive edition offered us by Roy Basler and his associates to countless selections in various editions, most of which offer a glimpse into Lincoln's entire public career as well as his private life. In contrast, this volume focuses on the interrelated themes of slavery, union, emancipation, and reconstruction the issues on which Lincoln's claim to everlasting fame rests. The documents reproduced herein offer an introduction to Lincoln's own explanations of his thoughts, positions, and actions concerning slavery and freedom, the Union and the Constitution, war and peace.
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In the hope of shedding light on questions that continue to spark debate among historians and students of Lincoln, Brooks Simpson presents Think Anew, Act Anew, a concise and inventively annotated collection of documents written by Abraham Lincoln that focus on the interrelated themes of slavery, union, emancipation, and reconstruction. How did Lincoln define equality? How did he harmonize his rejection of slavery as immoral with his toleration of it where it existed? What were his views on race, and did they change over time? What did freedom mean to him? This unique selection of Lincoln's own words offers readers a chance to explore for themselves how Lincoln understood the prevailing concerns of his America. Professor Simpson provides contextual information in introductions to each of the book's eight chapters and all sixty-four documents are preceded by a brief note.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Principal Dates in the Life of Abraham Lincolnp. xii
Introductionp. 1
the Monstrous Injustice, 1854-1857p. 7
Fragment on Slavery (c. 1854-1859)p. 9
Speech at Peoria, Illinois, October 16, 1854 (excerpts)p. 10
To George Robertson, August 15, 1855p. 20
To Joshua F. Speed, August 24, 1855p. 21
Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1857 (excerpts)p. 25
The Debate with Douglas, 1858p. 28
Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 16 1858 (The “House Divided” Speech)p. 30
Speech at Springfield, Illinois, July 17, 1858 (excerpts)p. 37
Speech at Freeport, Illinois, August 27, 1858 (Second Lincoln Douglas Debate; excerpt)p. 38
Speech at Edwardsville, Illinois, September 11, 1858 (excerpts)p. 42
Speech at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858 (Fourth Lincoln-Douglas Debate; excerpt)p. 44
To James N. Brown, October 18, 1858p. 46
Stand By Our Principles, 1859-1860p. 48
Speech at Chicago, Illinois, March 1, 1859 (excerpt)p. 49
Speech at Cincinnati, Ohio, September 17, 1859 (excerpts)p. 52
Address at Cooper Institute, New York City, February 27, 1860p. 56
Preserving the Union, 1860-1862p. 73
To William Kellogg, December 11, 1860p. 76
To John A./ Gilmer, December 15, 1860p. 76
To Thurlow Weed, December 17, 1860p. 78
To Alexander H. Stephens, December 22, 1860p. 78
To James T. Hale, January 11, 1861p. 79
First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861p. 80
Message to Congress, July 4, 1861p. 88
To Orville H. Browning, September 22, 1861p. 101
First Annual Message, December 3, 1861 (excerpt)p. 103
Message to Congress, March 6, 1862p. 105
Proclamation Revoking David Hunter’s Emancipation Order, May 19, 1862p. 106
The Winding Road to Emancipation, 1862-1863p. 109
Remarks to Border State Representatives, July 12, 1862p. 113
Draft of Emancipation Proclamation, July 22, 1862p. 115
To Reverdy Johnson, July 26, 1862p. 116
To Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862p. 117
To August Belmont, July 31, 1862p. 119
Remarks on Colonization to Black Ministers, August 14, 1862p. 120
To Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862p. 125
Reply to Chicago emancipation Memorial September 13, 1862 (excerpts)p. 126
Preliminary emancipation Proclamation, September 22, 1862p. 129
To Benjamin F. Butler, et al., October 14, 1862p. 131
Second Annual Message, December 1, 1862 (excerpts)p. 132
Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863p. 142
To John A. McClernand, January 8, 1863p. 144
A New birth of Freedom, 1863p. 146
To Andrew Johnson, March 26, 1863p. 148
Order of Retaliation, July 30, 1863p. 149
To Nathaniel P. Banks, August 5, 1863p. 149
To James C. Conkling, August 26, 1863p. 151
To Salmon P. Chase, September 2, 1863p. 155
To Andrew Johnson, September 11, 1863p. 156
To Nathaniel P. Banks, November 5, 1863p. 157
Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863p. 158
Revolution, Reconstruction, and Reelection, 1863-1864p. 159
Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863p. 161
Third Annual Message, December 8, 1863 (excerpt)p. 164
To Alpheus Lewis, January 23, 1864p. 168
To Michael Hahn, March 13, 1864p. 169
To Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864p. 170
Address at Baltimore, Maryland, April 18, 1864p. 172
Proclamation Concerning Reconstruction, July 8, 1864p. 175
To Charles D. Robinson, August 17, 1864p. 176
Draft of Letter to Isaac M. Schermerhorn, September 12, 1864p. 179
To Henry W. Hoffman, October 10, 1864p. 180
Response to Serenade, November 10, 1864p. 181
With Malice Toward None, 1864-1865p. 183
Fourth Annual Message, December 6, 1864 (excerpts)p. 185
Response to Serenade, February 1, 1865p. 189
Proposed Message to Congress, February 5, 1865p. 190
Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865p. 192
Speech to the 140th Indiana Regiment, March 17 1865p. 193
To John A. Campbell, April 5, 1865p. 195
Speech on Reconstruction, April 11 1865p. 196
Selected Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 203
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