Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), the sixteenth president of the United States, embodied the possibilities of young America. Born in 1809 to uneducated parents in a one-room farmhouse, Lincoln rose from his humble origins to capture the top office in the land. A speaker of unmatched rhetorical power, he stood firm in his opposition to the expansion of slavery and eventually helped secure victory over the secessionist confederate movement. When he was assassinated in 1865 he became a martyr to national unity.
This journal depicts a fragment of an 1858 speech, in which Lincoln hopes that “not bloody bullets but peaceful ballots” will resolve the national conflict over slavery. It is particularly moving because we know that war was imminent and unavoidable. This piece of handwriting crystallizes a pivotal moment in American history and the character of a great man.
Lincoln’s handwritten letters and notes are especial beautiful because they contain an emotional power and immediacy impossible to locate in texts produced electronically.
This writing journal is available in ultra-size format only.
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