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Author Elmore, A. E., 1938-

Title Lincoln's Gettysburg address : echoes of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer / A.E. Elmore
Published Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 265 pages)
Contents The forgotten Bible -- Lincoln's knowledge of Bible and Prayer Book -- Birth and rebirth -- Fitting and proper -- Consecrate, dedicate, hallow -- O brave new words -- "Under God"--aforethought or afterthought? -- Controversial proposition -- The essence of Lincoln's style -- The heart of the message
Summary "While it has long been determined that Abraham Lincoln's writings were influenced by the King James Bible. until now no full-length study has shown the precise ways in which the Gettysburg Address uses its specific language. Refuting the view that the address was crafted with traditional classical references, this revealing investigation provides a new way to think about the speech and the man who wrote it. A.E. Elmore offers chapter-andverse evidence from the Bible, as well as specific examples from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, to illustrate how Lincoln borrowed from these sources to imbue his speech with meanings that would resonate with his listeners. He cites every significant word and phrase - conceived, brought forth, struggled, remaining, consecrate, dedicate, hallow, devotion, new birth, to name a few - borrowed by Lincoln from these two religious texts for use in his dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery." "Elmore demonstrates how Lincoln transformed the lovely old language of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer into something as close to perfection as any public speech has ever achieved. He further reveals how Lincoln used and transformed the language of his political enemies to promote his antislavery agenda and to advance the gospel of equality, borrowing for example his controversial "proposition that all men are created equal" in nearly equal parts from John C. Calhoun and the Declaration of Independence." "Lincoln's Gettysburg Address focuses on a number of overlooked themes and ideas, such as the importance of literary allusion and the general public's knowledge of the Bible in the age of Lincoln. It provides fresh answers to old questions and poses new ones. No one who reads this highly engaging study will ever think about Lincoln or the Gettysburg Address in the same way again."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-257) and index
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Subject Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Oratory.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. Gettysburg address.
Episcopal Church. Book of common prayer (1790) -- Language.
Bible. English. Authorized -- Language.
Christianity and politics -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009005087
ISBN 0809386720 (e-book)
1441645985 (electronic bk.)
9780809386727 (e-book)
9781441645982 (electronic bk.)