THE ELOQUENT PRESIDENT: A PORTRAIT OF LINCOLN THROUGH HIS WORDS BY RONALD C. WHITE JR.

THE ELOQUENT PRESIDENT
THE ELOQUENT PRESIDENT
Item# ISBN 978-0812970463
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An extension of White's Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002), this work follows the entire arc of the sixteenth president's Civil War speeches. As president, Lincoln made only three or four public statements per year. White selects 11 and discusses the background of the occasion for their delivery and the rhetoric of their composition. An evocative refrain in White's individual discussions is the consideration Lincoln gave to the sound of his speeches, which are characterized by alliteration, parallelism ("We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth"), and the repetition of anchoring ideas ("If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it"). They also increasingly departed from the legalistic first inaugural address and became markedly theological, culminating in the sermonlike second inaugural address. Stressing how Lincoln intended his words to be heard, White strengthens their appearance on the page. Paperback 480 pages