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The Resource Writing the Gettysburg Address, Martin P. Johnson

Writing the Gettysburg Address, Martin P. Johnson

Label
Writing the Gettysburg Address
Title
Writing the Gettysburg Address
Statement of responsibility
Martin P. Johnson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Four score and seven years ago. Are any six words better known, of greater import, or from a more crucial moment in our nation's history? And yet after 150 years the dramatic and surprising story of how Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address has never been fully told. Until now. Martin Johnson's remarkable work of historical and literary detection illuminates a speech, a man, and a moment in history that we thought we knew. Johnson guides readers on Lincoln's emotional and intellectual journey to the speaker's platform, revealing that Lincoln himself experienced writing the Gettysburg Address as an eventful process that was filled with the possibility of failure, but which he knew resulted finally in success beyond expectation. We listen as Lincoln talks with the cemetery designer about the ideals and aspirations behind the unprecedented cemetery project, look over Lincoln's shoulder as he rethinks and rewrites his speech on the very morning of the ceremony, and share his anxiety that he might not live up to the occasion. And then, at last, we stand with Lincoln at Gettysburg, when he created the words and image of an enduring and authentic legend. Writing the Gettysburg Address resolves the puzzles and problems that have shrouded the composition of Lincoln's most admired speech in mystery for fifteen decades. Johnson shows when Lincoln first started his speech, reveals the state of the document Lincoln brought to Gettysburg, traces the origin of the false story that Lincoln wrote his speech on the train, identifies the manuscript Lincoln held while speaking, and presents a new method for deciding what Lincoln's audience actually heard him say.Ultimately, Johnson shows that the Gettysburg Address was a speech that grew and changed with each step of Lincoln's eventful journey to the podium. His two-minute speech made the battlefield and the cemetery into landmarks of the American imagination, but it was Lincoln's own journey to Gettysburg that made the Gettysburg Address"--
  • "The first comprehensive history of the composition of one of the most famous and iconic speeches in American history, one that persuasively resolves previously unresolved issues relating the speech and enriches our understanding of how the speech reflected Lincoln's evolving ideas"--
Summary
The first comprehensive history of the composition of one of the most famous and iconic speeches in American history, one that persuasively resolves previously unresolved issues relating the speech and enriches our understanding of how the speech reflected Lincoln's evolving ideas
Writing style
Award
Library Journal Best Books 2013
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10223362
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, Martin P.,
Dewey number
973.7/349
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E475.55
LC item number
.J65 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
Target audience
adult
Label
Writing the Gettysburg Address, Martin P. Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-314) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The mysteries of the manuscript -- "It will be an interesting ceremony" -- The Washington draft -- A celebrated railway journey -- Revisions in Gettysburg -- The Gettysburg draft -- The battlefield draft -- "What they did here" -- "My remarks at Gettysburg" -- Conclusion: Who wrote the Gettysburg Address?
Control code
20097772
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 322 pages
Isbn
9780700619337
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013020162
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn840162014
  • (OCoLC)840162014
Label
Writing the Gettysburg Address, Martin P. Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-314) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The mysteries of the manuscript -- "It will be an interesting ceremony" -- The Washington draft -- A celebrated railway journey -- Revisions in Gettysburg -- The Gettysburg draft -- The battlefield draft -- "What they did here" -- "My remarks at Gettysburg" -- Conclusion: Who wrote the Gettysburg Address?
Control code
20097772
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 322 pages
Isbn
9780700619337
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013020162
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn840162014
  • (OCoLC)840162014

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