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Gettysburg Address Kindle Edition

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Length: 32 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From Publishers Weekly

McCurdy creates powerful, large-scale black-and-white illustrations like those in his Giants in the Land to match Abraham Lincoln's classic speech in this handsome volume. On oversize pages, scenes of Lincoln delivering the address at the Gettysburg battlefield alternate with visualizations of the imagery contained in it. For example, a line of people carrying building tools marches across the pages as Lincoln proclaims that "it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work." As Lincoln concludes, resolving that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth," the cheering crowd gazes out from the page into the future-a fitting conclusion to an American classic made new again. All ages.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

K Up?McCurdy brings the important words of America's 16th president to life for a new generation of children bombarded by violent acts. With just a few lines of Lincoln's speech per double-page spread, a pace is established that allows the language to sink in and take hold. The wood engravings, depicting sweeping panoramas and crowds that continue beyond the page, provide the dark serious tone and high drama appropriate for the subject. (Interestingly, wood engravings were the choice of Leonard Everett Fisher in his interpretation of The Gettysburg Address [Watts, 1963; o.p.]). The scenes alternate between the action of battle and the quiet artifacts left behind, from a parade of slaves?"all men are created equal," to a processional of spirited laborers?"dedicated...to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced." These are interspersed with views of Lincoln addressing the crowd from various perspectives. A brief foreword by Gary Wills, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg (S.&S., 1992) provides insight into the reason for the common burial ground. An afterword by the illustrator explains his family connection to the Civil War and, therefore, his inspiration. A valuable addition for every collection.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 74 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TPCRVC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By A Customer on July 6 2001
Format: Paperback
This book perpetuates the out and out LIES surrounding the Gettysburg address.
This quote says it all...
"The Gettysburg speech was at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history... the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous. But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it.
Put it into the cold words of everyday.
The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination -- that government of the people, by the people, for the people, should not perish from the earth.
It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue.
The Union soldiers in the battle actually fought *against* self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves."--
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Format: Hardcover
This is an incredible book. The Gettysburg Address was something I had to learn in school, but reading this book brings the speech to life.
I makes you really think about what is being said and brings it more to life. I have visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Gettysburg Address is incredible in Marble but in this book it really makes you think about what happened during the Civil War and what it means to us today.
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I read this book aloud to my children. The text is simply the Gettysburg address, broken into phrases with an illustration for each thought. Two-thirds of the way through the book, I found myself weeping. The combination of Lincoln's eloquence and the illustrations touched me. I would recommend using this book to introduce students of any age to Lincoln's famous speech and the history associated with it.
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By Art is all TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2014
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Beautiful, and if you are American, you should read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c9be94) out of 5 stars Stark woodcuts communicate nobility and tragedy. Dec 9 2001
By Nanette - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book aloud to my children. The text is simply the Gettysburg address, broken into phrases with an illustration for each thought. Two-thirds of the way through the book, I found myself weeping. The combination of Lincoln's eloquence and the illustrations touched me. I would recommend using this book to introduce students of any age to Lincoln's famous speech and the history associated with it.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8ca1d68) out of 5 stars The Gettysburg Address May 7 2000
By no - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an incredible book. The Gettysburg Address was something I had to learn in school, but reading this book brings the speech to life.
I makes you really think about what is being said and brings it more to life. I have visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Gettysburg Address is incredible in Marble but in this book it really makes you think about what happened during the Civil War and what it means to us today.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8cb42c4) out of 5 stars The soul of America is in this speech Jan. 31 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What does Lincoln do at Gettysburg? Why are his words as moving today as they were when he uttered them?

I think that what he did is that he defined for America and Americans what it is, and what it means to be to itself. He did this in the most dignified and moving language imaginable with its deep Biblical cadences and its underlying tone of grief and dedication. He invokes the 'brave men living and dead'the heroic sacrifice of the war in order to urge a new dedication of freedom a new and higher realization of that fundamental human value which is so closely connected with the whole American enterprise. He defines not simply for those there, for those on that field the living and the dead, but for all American generations a ' new birth of freedom, so that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from this earth "
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8cb4690) out of 5 stars WELL EXECUTED WORK - THIS ONE IS A KEEPER Nov. 20 2006
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved the art work in this particular work and felt it captured the essence of Lincoln's speach perfectly. I certainly am not going to do a critique on the speach itself, I really don't feel I have the right to do so. But I do feel the author/artist, through his black and white woodcut techinques added much to this famous work. It is certainly a book I am glad I added to my library. I have also found the kids at school seem to have a great appreciation for it also. Highly recommend this one.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8cb4774) out of 5 stars The Gettysburg Address Helped Define Our Nation Nov. 23 2011
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a review of "Gettysburg Address [Kindle Edition]" - which is a 9 kb text of only the Gettysburg Address. I mention this because there are several different books available containing the Gettysburg address. For example, there is an illustrated version The Gettysburg Address, as well as several others.

Written and delivered in the days before electronic recordings, there is some question about "exactly" what words Abraham Lincoln spoke to the crowd at Gettysburg. As it stands now, there are five manuscripts of the Gettyburg Address extant:

1. John Nicolay Copy
2. John Hay Copy
3. Edward Everett Copy
4. George Bancroft Copy
5. Alexander Bliss Copy

In addition, a version was transcribed by the New York Times and printed on November 20, 1863.

This Kindle edition is a slight redaction of the Bancroft Copy. The differences are minor. The word written as "battle-field" by Lincoln is typed as "battlefield" in this version. Additionally, the punctuation is a bit distracting with the frequent use of ellipses in place of Lincoln's written dashes. Other than these minor nits, this is a useful text of the Gettysburg Address, one of the greatest speeches ever written and delivered.

For readers looking for information in great detail about the meaning and importance of this great American speech, I would recommend the following standard texts:

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)

The Gettysburg Gospel: The Lincoln Speech That Nobody Knows (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)