Lincoln at Cooper Union by Harold Holzer audiobook

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

By Harold Holzer
Read by Mark Bramhall

By Harold Holzer
Read by Mark Bramhall

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781441790453

  • ISBN: 9781441790446

  • ISBN: 9781441790460

  • ISBN: 9781441790491

Runtime: 11.72 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

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.

Holzer describes the enormous risk Lincoln took by appearing in New York, where he exposed himself to the country’s most critical audience and took on Republican Senator William Henry Seward of New York, the front-runner, in his own backyard. Then he recounts a brilliant and innovative public relations campaign, as Lincoln took the speech “on the road” in his successful quest for the presidency.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lincoln said that his speech at Cooper Union in New York on February 27, 1860, made him president. In this definitive account, Harold Holzer shows how and why that was true. Long overshadowed by other famous Lincoln speeches, the Cooper Union address is now finally getting the attention it deserves as a pivotal event in American history.” James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Lincoln of myth is a simple and plainspoken fellow. The real Lincoln was the master of a calculated rhetoric. There is no better proof of that important fact than Harold Holzer’s important book.” Garry Wills, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Few people know more about Abraham Lincoln than Holzer. This fine new work focuses on a widely known but little studied address that Lincoln delivered early in 1860 in New York City…Surely no one will again overlook this masterful speech.” Publishers Weekly
“This book is a must for anyone fascinated by Abraham Lincoln.” Civil War Times
“An engrossing account…stimulating and pleasurable.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Lincoln at Cooper Union is the most interesting and important book on the sixteenth president published in years. Its richly detailed account of Lincoln’s visit to New York in 1860 is as absorbing as any novel, and its close analysis of Lincoln’s Cooper Union address adds significantly to our understanding of his political philosophy. I recommend it enthusiastically.” David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln
“An excellent contribution to Lincolnalia.” Booklist
“It required someone with Harold Holzer’s combination of knowledge, experience, and talent to capture the speech’s unique complexity and profundity…All of this is brought to readers with meticulous historic precision, fascinating insight, and charmingly facile prose.” Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York
“Holzer’s research is prodigious…Although Holzer is an unabashed (even effervescent) advocate for Lincoln—and for the significance of this speech—he also is careful to analyze the architecture and rhetoric of the remarks and to puncture some puffballs that have grown in the yard of Lincoln Legends…The enthusiasm is infectious.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Harold Holzer

Author Bio: Harold Holzer

Harold Holzer has authored, coauthored, and edited more than thirty books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. He serves as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, and is a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New York Historical Society. Currently he is senior vice president for external affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and lives in Rye, New York.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English