Thursday, April 4, 2013
Book Review - Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg Address is one of the most influential speeches in our history, written by Abraham Lincoln at a crucial period in his presidency and in United States history. Caldecott Honoree and Newbery Medalist James Daugherty's pictorial interpretation of President Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, was originally published by Albert Whitman in 1947. This book is available again in a fresh new edition just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a new introduction by Lincoln- and Civil War-scholar Gabor S. Boritt.
About the Author
Gabor S. Boritt is the Robert Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. He is the author, co-author, or editor of sixteen books about Lincoln and the American Civil War. Boritt received the National Humanities Medal in 2008. He and his wife live on a farm near the Gettysburg Battlefield.
An influential twentieth century artist and illustrator, James Daugherty lived in Indiana, Ohio. In 1940, his book Daniel Boone won the Newbery Medal. His book Gillespie and the Guards won the Caldecott Honor in 1957. Daughtery passed away in 1974.
My Take on the Book
I have visited Gettysburg and the most memorable experience was the day I hired a tour guide to drive my car through the battlefield. His knowledge and stories of the people and battle brought the Gettysburg battle and the scene of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to life.
James Daugherty's amazing illustrations do the same thing. The illustrations which accompany each passage of President Lincoln's words will leave you with lasting impressions of the meaning and emotions behind this short but powerful speech.
After you read the speech and take the time to absorb all the details of the illustrations, read the "afterward" and the pages included by James Daugherty which interpret his paintings. These two additions to the book are excellent resources.
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