Lincoln at Gettysburg Book Review Summary

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The respected author of _Inventing America_ tries to make the case that, in effect, Lincoln rewrote the U.S. Constitution in the minds of his listeners and the entire nation with the unassuming but powerful 272-word Gettysburg Address. His aim was bring our conception of our country and its values more closely in line with the Declaration of Independence. To do this, Wills touches upon Greek and Latin styles of rhetoric, the cemetery culture of 19th century America, as well as Lincoln's biography and previous writings and speeches about national unity and slavery. This 1992 book bogs down a bit in details, but is a thought-provoking piece of persuasion nonetheless.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   19th century    -   18th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   American--General Largely political history?    -   Yes

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Somewhat sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   lawyer creatures Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Northeast    -   Midwest If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is moderately liberal

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   3 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   2 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses mostly on history of key players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   politicians Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   250-300 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   6 ()

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