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Lincoln at Cooper Union : The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President
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This is not a step-by-step examination of Lincoln's references in, and the rhetorical craftsmanship of, the speech, although those are explored thoroughly. The book also explores the heretofore unacknowledged campaigning savvy that Lincoln possessed. He knew he had to come to Gotham to convince the Eastern Republicans of his credibility. He knew the importance of the local newspaper printers, like Bryant and Greeley. He understood the importance of having a visual aid, like a Matthew Brady photograph. But, most important, as Professor Holzer takes great pains to reveal, Lincoln did not want to appear to be an abolitionist. That would border on radicalism which would be a guarantee of defeat.
As a bonus, "Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President", presents us with a unique view of 1860 New York: the thieves at the docks; the "mass transit" of the age; the hunger for entertainment, of which political speeches were a significant part; the elegance and extravagance of the rich; and the desperation of the Five Points poor.
"Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President" is a wonderful book that will please anyone interested in American History, New York City, or oratory. And Professor Holzer deserves our thanks for making it so fascinating. It only reflects his own passion for the subject.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of THE FIVE POINTS
The book proves to be quite informative. Abraham Lincoln is obviously one person you cannot judge by your first impression. The author throughly explained the mannerism of Lincoln's speech skills and the way it contrast to his physical appearances which often led to initial misgiving by the audience before they roared in their approval at the end of the speech.
Its pretty clear that Mr. Holzer have complete command of his subject matter which is reflected on the superb writing and ease of reading material that only an expert can do to any subject. The book appears to be well researched and it was about time that a book on this subject came out (I think the last book about this speech came out before Mr. Holzer was born).
I would considered this book to be a mandatory reading material for anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln and probably a good background material for anyone interested in the coming of the American Civil War.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent Book! The title speaks for itself. With no campaigning whatsoever, this speech certainly was the reason why Lincoln won the presidential election in 1860. Read morePublished 8 months ago by LeoSldr
This book is a must read for anyone interested in Lincoln as well as the cause of the Civil War. It was this speech that put Lincoln on the map and set the stage for him becoming... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jubal
I've had my eye on this title for a while, and a delighted to finally read it. Holzer is an impeccable researcher who is able to bring Lincoln and this times alive. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bartleby
I confess that I am only half-way through, but must say that the material is riveting. If you question the public sentiments of the times and the reason why a country lawyer could... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John A. Beltrami
An excellent book on a neglected topic. I earned a lot while enjoying what I read.Published 13 months ago by twb
Abe Lincoln was truly a great man. Holzer does not disappoint with his coverage of the period leading up to and Lincoln's speech at Cooper Union. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Curtis R. Gomes
This was a very narrow subject on which to write an entire book, and therefore the one fault I could find was that there was a good deal of filler material. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer