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Belligerent MuseFive Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War$
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Stephen Cushman and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618777

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618791.001.0001

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When Lincoln Met Emerson, and the Two Addresses

When Lincoln Met Emerson, and the Two Addresses

(p.9) Chapter One When Lincoln Met Emerson, and the Two Addresses
Belligerent Muse

Stephen Cushman

Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes interactions between Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson, providing important details on their conversations. It describes Emerson's initial impression of the president, looking closely at Lincoln's mind habits as a lawyer. Furthermore, it examines Lincoln's two most famous speeches, attempting to balance new thoughts about both thinkers' verbal artistry with attention to their military historical background.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, poetry, military history, verbal artistry

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