Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.39 X 8.41 X 0.84 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Louis P. Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, The Civil War: A Concise History and Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.


"When he spoke from the White House on April 11, 1865, Lincoln effectively closed one chapter of American history and began another. Yet this essential speech has been overshadowed by the great events surrounding it on either side, and our knowledge that its author could not follow its prescriptions. Fortunately, that omission has been corrected. Thanks to Louis P. Masur, we now have the final word on Lincoln's last speech."--Edward L. Widmer, director and librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, author of Ark of the Liberties: America and the World

"A concise, useful analysis of Lincoln's generous hope for postwar America, seen against the failures of the actual Reconstruction that followed."--Kirkus Reviews

"In Lincoln's Last Speech, Louis P. Masur, a professor at Rutgers University...does an excellent job of explaining this speech's importance. It is a complex story, and it comprehensively portrays the mix of political sophistication and kindness that made Lincoln a great president."--Dallas Morning News

"On April 11, 1865 President Lincoln delivered his last speech. His words that evening revealed much about his views on reconstructing the south."--Dayton Daily News