Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America

Garry Wills / Jun 26, 2019

Lincoln at Gettysburg The Words That Remade America In a masterly work Garry Wills shows how Lincoln reached back to the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation s history The power of words has rarely been given a compel

  • Title: Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
  • Author: Garry Wills
  • ISBN: 9780743299633
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a masterly work, Garry Wills shows how Lincoln reached back to the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation s history.The power of words has rarely been given a compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle Instead he gave the whole nation a new birth of freedom in theIn a masterly work, Garry Wills shows how Lincoln reached back to the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation s history.The power of words has rarely been given a compelling demonstration than in the Gettysburg Address Lincoln was asked to memorialize the gruesome battle Instead he gave the whole nation a new birth of freedom in the space of a mere 272 words His entire life and previous training and his deep political experience went into this, his revolutionary masterpiece.By examining both the address and Lincoln in their historical moment and cultural frame, Wills breathes new life into words we thought we knew, and reveals much about a president so mythologized but often misunderstood Wills shows how Lincoln came to change the world and to effect an intellectual revolution, how his words had to and did complete the work of the guns, and how Lincoln wove a spell that has not yet been broken.

    Gettysburg Address The Gettysburg Address is a speech that U.S President Abraham Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November , , four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.It is one of the best known speeches in The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln Hay Copy Believed to be the second draft of the speech, President Lincoln gave this copy to John Hay, a White House assistant Hay accompanied Lincoln to Gettysburg and briefly referred to the speech in his diary the President, in a fine, free way, with grace than is his wont, said his half dozen words of Lincoln, Gettysburg Address, Speech Text Voices of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, GETTYSBURG ADDRESS NOVEMBER Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Lincoln at Gettysburg The Words that Remade America Lincoln at Gettysburg The Words that Remade America Simon Schuster Lincoln Library Garry Wills on FREE shipping on qualifying offers In a masterly work, Garry Wills shows how Lincoln reached back to the Declaration of Independence to write the greatest speech in the nation s history The power of words has rarely been given a compelling demonstration than in the One Lincoln Food Spirits Breakfast, lunch and dinner Chef Joseph Holmes describes One Lincoln s fare as casual comfort With a copper ceiling and art installation and the Gettysburg Address on one of the walls, our modern and comfortable dining room pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln. The Gettysburg Gospel The Lincoln Speech That Nobody The Gettysburg Gospel The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows Simon Schuster Lincoln Library Gabor Boritt on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The words Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg comprise perhaps the most famous speech in history Many books have been written about the Gettysburg Address and yet Abraham Lincoln, Smallpox, and the Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln on November , Eleven days before the Gettysburg Address As Abraham Lincoln rose to give the Gettysburg Address on November , , his face had a sad, mournful, almost haggard expression according to Clark E Carr, a member of National Cemetery Commission. Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address American Rhetoric Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long Gettysburg DOBBIN HOUSE TAVERN Dine in Gettysburg s Oldest, Most Historic House Built in Gettysburg, PA GETTYSTOWN INN B B Beautiful accommodations ideally situated to overlook the spot where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address and within walking distance of the National Park Service Visitors Center and most major attractions. The Gettysburg Address The Battle of Gettysburg The Gettysburg Address The Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated by President Abraham Lincoln a brief four months after the Battle.

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        Garry Wills is an author and historian, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books In 1993, he won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction for his book Lincoln at Gettysburg The Words That Remade America, which describes the background and effect of Abraham Lincoln s Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.


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    1. A REVIEW in 292:Fundamentally, the thing I love about criticism is the ability to read a damn fine book about a damn fine speech and recognize the author of the book wrote a little more than a page for every word in the Gettysburg Address. If you count appendixes and notes (and why wouldn't you when the appendix and notes matter?). I once teased my wife, during my early wooing stage, that I wanted to write an ode to every hair on her head (loads of odes). Garry Wills did. This book is both acade [...]


    2. Lincoln was a “radical” in both senses: he broke with tradition by returning to the roots. The heart of Wills’s book is Lincoln’s elevation of the Declaration of Independence as a transcendental text above the earthly and provisional Constitution. The Constitution, with its tolerance of slavery, was felt by Lincoln and other transcendentalist political thinkers to require renewal by the Declaration, whose unequivocal proposition of equality for all constitutes the moral center of the Ame [...]


    3. Just a beautiful piece of work that is also possibly the best book I've read on Abraham Lincoln. For one, Wills does a wonderful job of analyzing Lincoln's influences, from the Transcendentalism of Emerson and Theodore Parker to the oratory of the Greek revival movement to Romanticism, and all of it is so lucidly described and densely packed together that I often had to put the book down to absorb it all or think on it for a moment. Wills' main point though is that the Gettysburg Address, by mak [...]


    4. This year my "Reading Challenge" is to re-read 10 books to see how they hold up to my memory. There is quite a bit in this book that I forgot over 15 years.If you asked me last week, I'd have told you it was about the use of rhetorical devices and how this style of oratory harkens back to the Greek tradition. I would not have remembered nor told you it shows how Lincoln recast the meaning of the war and fixed the Declaration of Independence as subordinate to Constitution (as noted in the title); [...]


    5. An interesting and scholarly book on Lincoln and his speech at Gettysburg. Great information, but a bit dry at times. I appreciate this book's importance to USA History and can see why it won a Pulitzer.


    6. This book is great. It's elegantly written, well-argued, well-documented and full of insight and information. Wills not only explains Lincoln's rhetorical techniques, he situates them in the context of classical rhetoric (in particular the ancient Greek funeral-for-heroes speech), American cultural trends of the mid 1800's (in particular Transcendentalism and the "rural cemetery" movement), and Lincoln's own history as a writer and giver of speeches. Most importantly, he demonstrates how Lincoln [...]


    7. Wills takes us back not only to the day that Lincoln gave this speech, but also he starts off crafting deftly, and laboriously, our experiences while visiting a cemetery such as this one. That realm between the living and the dead should be used to remember and commemorate those that have fallen so that we can finish the work before us. Our work to reinvent the Union should be founded upon giving new meaning to "all men are created equal."Also, Wills explains how revolutionary Lincoln's Gettysbu [...]


    8. There's a lot of junk by Gary Wills that I don't like, but I enjoyed this book enormously. Even more useful than Wills' gripping discussions of Lincoln's address, is the inclusion (in the appendices) of texts by Edward Everett, Gorgias, and Thucydides.


    9. This was a very scholarly Pulitzer Prize winning book about Lincoln and the greatest speech in our nation’s history. I memorized this speech in school but this author gives understanding to this short speech. In this book, the author examines the speech in minute and exacting detail. He analyzes Lincoln’s influences from the Transcendentalist of Emerson and the Greek oratory of Pericles. And he examines the place, the Gettysburg cemetery where the speech took place. With this speech, Lincoln [...]


    10. This book contains so much interesting information about Lincoln and his speeches, but I can't say I really enjoyed reading it. The style wasn't my favorite, and I wish there had been more about the Gettysburg Address. It wasn't quite what I expected and I thought some parts seemed a little out of place and unnecessary in a book that's purportedly about a single speech.


    11. The book "Lincoln at Gettysburg: Words That Remade America" by Garry Willis was a tough read for me. It took me nearly two-and-a-half weeks to read, and for most of the time, I didn’t understand what I was reading. When I did, however, I found the book extremely insightful, interesting, and thought-provoking. To start, this book gives an in depth explanation on the relationship between the Greek oratory (speaking and writing) and Lincoln’s Address. The most inducing part of these chapters wa [...]


    12. This is the best book I've read all year. I've been to Gettysburg six times so I don't know how I missed this Pulitzer Prize-winning book. In a detailed analysis, Wills (a trained classisist) sets up the context of Lincoln's most famous speech , the Gettysburg Address and then analyzes it, showing how Lincoln borrowed from the Ancient Greek funeral orations. The analysis is smart and detailed: showing the speakers (Clay, Webster, Calhoun) who influenced Lincoln's thoughts,along with the writers [...]


    13. I'm surprised at how little I liked this book. Honestly, I don't know how this won the Pulitzer; it's about a fifth very technical dissection of the Gettysburg Address itself, and the rest is a wandering hodgepodge (I found myself flipping page after page of information about then-contemporary cemetery design philosophy). Some of this is interesting - the author's rundown of the two hour long preceding Gettysburg Oration went into a lot of detail about public speaking in the mid 1800s that was s [...]


    14. Incredibly exciting book, not just for anyone who loves American history, but for anyone who is interested in the challenge of writing well. What Gary Wills does is not just to analyze the Gettysburg Address, which is less than five hundred words long. He provides an intellectual profile of Lincoln. He analyzes the way Lincoln learned to structure his ideas on freedom, slavery, and the nature of American democracy, and he provides fascinating line by line break-downs so you can really see Lincol [...]



    15. A New Birth Of FreedomThe Battle of Gettysburg, a pivotal event in the Civil War, raged from July 1 to July 3, 1863. It was the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere and ended the Confederacy's second invasion of the North. Following the battle, the community of Gettysburg was thick with dead and wounded men. The Governor of Pennsylvania authorized the purchase of a cemetery for the reburial of the Union dead. The cemetery was dedicated in a ceremony on November 19, 1863. Edward E [...]


    16. Wills provides context for arguably the most famous speech in American political history in Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America. The book does an excellent job of dispelling popular myths about the speech - for example, it wasn't written hurriedly on a last minute train to Gettysburg or on a napkin, and audience members did not universally enjoy it more than the two hour oration by All-Star Edward Everett. The book's thesis is how the Gettysburg Address raised the values of the [...]


    17. Wills paints a sharp, clear-eyed portrait of Lincoln from an angle and in a setting I had never seen before - Lincoln's love of words and his skill at using them brought to the fore front. A lot of demythification here. The address emerges as almost perfectly constructed for its purpose.


    18. Lincoln did not give the keynote address at Gettysburg; that was done by Edward Everett. It lasted two hours and is described in this book as masterpiece of its type, given at the last possible moment it could be appreciated, because shortly thereafter Lincoln's few hundred words had rendered that style of oration outdated.Wills covers what we know about the ceremony and the composition of the address, how the content fit into Lincoln's thought, and the style of Lincoln's speech. The stylistic e [...]


    19. I picked this book up at a small private book store in St. Augustine, Florida - do they have small book stores anymore? - and hoped it would be good.It was more than good. The research for the book is excellent. I was most impressed with that aspect.Had expected to see a rehash of the day at the cemetery, the repeating of the words, how Lincoln did NOT write the speech on an envelope on the way to Gettysburg. It was none of that.Rather it was a fascinating insight into Lincoln's thought process [...]


    20. Over two decades after its first publication, this analysis of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address remains a powerful and persuasive work of intellectual history. Wills illuminates the speech by placing it several contexts: the Romantic-era view of cemeteries; the Transcendental view of the Declaration of Independence; Lincoln's own constitutional analysis of slavery and secession; and the techniques of rhetoric and reasoning that the Address shares with Lincoln's other speeches. Wills' writing [...]


    21. Four score and seven years agoI began this book! Well, not really, in fact, it was short, but it felt long. This is a very specific, detailed, analytical book about the Gettysburg Address, period. Wills takes it apart, almost sentence by sentence, and analyzes its structure and origins. Wills does a great job of conveying the fact that this very short (272 words, took Lincoln only about 3 minutes to say) speech not only packed a powerful punch, but changed the course of prose and oratory forever [...]


    22. Okay, no one throw rocks at me yet. I picked up this book with high, high hopes. After all, I think it even won a pulitzer prize. The prologue was well-written and interesting, and then it sunk. I started reading the first chapter and was bored to tears. A whole chapter on the breakdown of the ancient Greek style of speaking? I skimmed over to chapter 2 and didn't make it through that one either. So now it's lying neglected somewhere in our apartment. If I have dismissed this book way too soon a [...]


    23. This shows why the Gettysburg Address is considered one of the greatest speeches of all time. It wasn't just the human tragedy of casualties at Gettysburg--many catastrophes have parallelled the loss of life. It wasn't just what Lincoln said. Author Wills explains Lincoln's key silences. He didn't mention Gettysburg or slavery or emancipation. President Lincoln provided common ground for the opposition to come together, a test of leadership we all should understand. The book gives us history as [...]


    24. Every year around the July 4th Holiday I try to read several books with a patriotic theme. This is one of the books for 2016. Gary Wills breaks apart Lincolns famous address and presents a number of social, historical, and literary factors that influenced the language and the meaning Lincoln had behind the words. It has been long held that Lincoln scrawled these famous words in a hurry before the address was made. You learn that Lincoln gave much more thought that this is compiling these immorta [...]


    25. This is quite some time to spend on such a short text, but the author really makes it come alive. In particular, I learned from the author as he connected this speech to Greek oratory which ennobled specific events and people by connecting them to the larger identity of the body politic, and I learned from the author's knowledge of Lincoln's contemporary hearers. The strength of Romanticism in the 19th century, I learned, contributed to what Garry wills called a "culture of death" which connecte [...]


    26. Wills breaks down Lincoln's speech by showing its roots in ancient Greek funeral oratory; how Lincoln changed the way we view the Constitution and Declaration of Independence; and how his words helped usher in a new leaner style of expression. And it's fluidly written, a pleasure to read. Highly recommended especially in the 150th anniversary year.



    27. Some valuable insights, especially in parallels to ancient funeral orations. Kind of runs out of steam at the end though, with digressions into 19th-c funeral and mourning customs.



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