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eBook Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President ePub

by Harold Holzer

  • ISBN: 0743224663
  • Category: Americas
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Harold Holzer
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Pages: 352
  • ePub book: 1960 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1720 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 887

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Lincoln at Cooper Union is the most interesting and important book on the sixteenth president published in years.

Lincoln at Cooper Union is the most interesting and important book on the sixteenth president published in years. I recommend it enthusiastically. - David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln. Harold Holzer, a leading authority on Lincoln and the Civil War, is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society.

Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President. Award-winning Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer places Lincoln and his speech in the context of the times - an era of racism, politicized journalism, and public oratory as entertainment - and shows how the candidate framed the speech as an opportunity to continue his famous "debates" with his archrival Democrat Stephen A. Douglas on the question of slavery.

Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln's most influential and widely reported pre-presidential address - an extraordinary appeal by the western politician to the eastern elite that propelled him toward the Republican nomination for president. Delivered in New York in February 1860, the Cooper Union speech dispelled doubts about Lincoln's Winner of the Lincoln Prize.

Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln's most influential and widely . This book is a must for anyone fascinated by Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln's most influential and widely reported pre-presidential address-an extraordinary appeal by the western politician to the eastern elite that propelled him toward the Republican nomination for president. Delivered in New York in February 1860, the Cooper Union speech dispelled doubts about Lincoln's suitability for the presidency and reassured conservatives of his moderation while reaffirming his opposition to slavery to Republican progressives.

Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln's most influential and widely reported pre-presidential address - an. .

Harold Holzer's book on Abraham Lincoln's speech at Cooper Union gives a clarity to the importance of that speech and how it affected Lincoln as a speaker, politican and future candidate for his Republican Party. While Lincoln was well known among the western states, he wasn't that well regarded along the northeastern seaboard. The speech that propelled Lincoln to national prominence. com User, April 18, 2005.

Includes bibliographical references and index. Abe Lincoln must come" - "So much labor as this" - "Some confusion in the arrangements" - "Much the best portrait" - "Nothing impressive about him". Abe Lincoln must come" - "So much labor as this" - "Some confusion in the arrangements" - "Much the best portrait" - "Nothing impressive about him" - "The strength of absolute simplicity" - "Such an impression" - "Unable to escape this toil" - "Preserve it for your children" - Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union.

In this book about Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union address, Harold Holzer claims, "Never before or since in American history has a single speech so dramatically catapulted a candidate toward the White House" (235).

Howard Holzer’s Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President presents an analysis of the famed 1860 speech, with particular attention to the historical, political, and personal context before during and after its delivery. Holzer’s book succeeds in reanimating what has sometimes been regarded as a relatively dry political address in the context of all the political, personal, and historical circumstances surrounding it. This he does so extensively and precisely that it is remarkable to note that the book nonetheless reads at times almost like a novel.

Lincoln at Cooper Union explores Lincoln's most influential and widely reported pre-presidential address .

Examines the Cooper Union speech in the context of the 1860 presidential campaign and discusses how Lincoln used it as an opportunity to dispel doubts about his suitability for the presidency.

Comments

Arlana Arlana
The Mecca of New York looms large in the American consciousness for a variety of reasons. It's “The Big Apple,” “The City-That-Never-Sleeps,” and so much more. One of the reasons that it looms so large is the fact that its 10 million inhabitants makes it one of The World's most populous cities, and that, in the most powerful nation on Earth.
It's a complicated city, that has both within its spiritual and material resources, something to please any and everyone. There is nothing that cannot be found in New York. It can be a compassionate place and it can be a downright mean place—both realities exist. For a newcomer, New York can be especially brutal. In the mid-1970's, singer George Benson released a song called “On Broadway,” about a poor aspiring guitarist who shows up in The City seeking fame and fortune. The song is about a lot of things, but its main theme is the narrator's confidence in his guitar-playing ability, a belief of supreme talent, and it is that talent that the singer feels will allow him to make it big “On Broadway.” This confidence is expressed in the lyric, “'Cause I can play this here guitar!” The song feeds into the precept and legend of New York, the idea “That if you can make it here (in New York), you can make it anywhere.”
With “On Broadway” as a backdrop, consider one Abraham Lincoln, arriving in the city in February of 1860, a time when New York was just as much a legend then, as it is now, then containing about 800.000 residents. Mr. Lincoln had spent months and months before that in serious research, marshaling all of the resources of his lawyerly and prodigious mind, to do the research on the Founding Fathers, and what their official votes were, across time, on the issue of slavery. It is said that Mr. Lincoln spent more time researching on the particular speech that he would give in New York, than any other in his life. At the time, Lincoln was a fairly obscure lawyer and politician from The West. He had somewhat made a name for himself several years prior in his heated debates with Stephen A. Douglass, but he was not, in any sense, a household name. His New York speech would change this.
Lincoln knew that he could change his fortunes in New York, if the speech that he had prepared as a result of his research was a Big Hit. He knew this primarily because New York was the media capital of the World, and a good, solid political speech would resonate, through all of the national newspapers, like waves resonating out from a rock that has been thrown into a pond. Lincoln wanted to be meticulously prepared. So, late in February of 1860, Lincoln took the stage at Cooper Union in New York to give the most important speech of his life. On first impression, the audience was rather nonplussed at his slovenly appearance, an uncouth, homely and tall man, standing before them in a wrinkled suit. Lincoln's six-foot-four stature was pronounced by a head full of black hair, that seemed to be all over the place, leaving many to wonder why the speaker had not bothered to comb his hair. The audience sat before him rather dumbfounded.
But, then the speaker opened his mouth, letting the results of his research flow freely in abundant supply. The presentation of his words were so perspicacious that all sat in rapt attention, quickly forgetting the physical appearance of the man before them, and being taken in by the power of the crystal clear logic and sincerity of what he had to say. At the end of the speech, the crowd exploded with a standing ovation, thus laying the groundwork for the newspapers over the next few days to make Abraham Lincoln a national name.
In sum I have just summed up Harold Holzer's book about Lincoln and Cooper Union. For anyone who truly wants to understand the power, intensity and genius of Abraham Lincoln as a powerful intellect, this book might be one of the best. Lincoln knew all that was at stake for his speech at Cooper Union. He prepared for it like no other chore that he had prepared for in his life, and ultimately, the speech that he made reflected his efforts. This book is the story of that, and a damn good one. It is excellent in showing the work ethic and intense efforts that Lincoln put into making his speech a success. It's also a most lucid portrayal of the effect of that speech. As George Benson would say, Lincoln, “Can play that there guitar!” since his effort in New York was a rousing success.
crazy mashine crazy mashine
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. This book does a great job painting the background picture for the story, and while many may believe some of the background is not necessary, I found it all to be relevant. Within the story, the author points out important quotes from the speech. Additionally, the full speech is in the back of the book with footnotes. Along with the speech are certified resources for every point Lincoln made in his speech, that day at Cooper Union, 27 February 1860. The speech is indicative of Lincoln’s research skills, and how methodical he was in making several points to validate his argument; the abolishment of slavery. Anyone, curious as to Lincoln’s rise to the White House, and the various references to the points in his most important speech, MUST read this book.
Redfury Redfury
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 President. Moreover, this speech, in Lincoln's own words, leaves no doubt as to the role of slavery in our Civil War contrary to neo-confederate, revisionist historians who would have us believe that the war wasn't fought over slavery.

Lincoln's Cooper Union speech is one of the great speeches in U.S. history.
Datrim Datrim
There are so many books written on Lincoln and many different prespectives on his life and presidency. Holzer looks at the Cooper Union Speech and shows how Lincoln, the master politician used the speech and his trip East to get the 1860 nomination. Many historians assert that the speech made Lincoln. However, Holzer shows a unique view of the trip and the speech and how Lincoln used the opportunity to campaign in the East before he was officially a candidate. Ironically, Holzer points out that Salmon Chase turned down the opportunity to speak at Cooper Union demonstrating just one more ocassion when Chase blew an opportunity to get to the White House.

While dispelling many myths about the speech and Lincoln's trip, Holzer also shows the brillance of Lincoln and the time and effort that he spent in preparation for this speech. He also shows how this speech became Lincoln's stump speech. Once nominated, Lincoln followed the tradition of the time and did not campaign but used the Cooper Union Speech as essentially his platform.

For the person just beginning their interest in Lincoln or the seasoned scholar, this book is well worth the read. To add to that it is a quick and enjoyable read.
Twentyfirstfinger Twentyfirstfinger
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. It was in Feb 1860 and greatly helped to get him elected. Lincoln
never did return to NY City after that speech. I get the impression that he didn't really care for the city. We get a look into his personal life, various travels and other speeches he made in New England during this specific trip. His photo, taken by Matthew Brady, and on the cover of the book gets lots of well deserved attention. There a many fun anecdotal facts for the reader. I enjoyed this book immensely.
Nayatol Nayatol
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. I greatly enjoyed the little details of the street life of New York City, what it was like to travel by train in 1860, and the personal details of Lincoln's life and personality. If you are a fan of Civil War photography, you will enjoy the cameo appearance of Mathew Brady photographing Lincoln in his New York studio.