Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | February 12, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—February 13, 2009: Abraham Lincoln

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891) was an American poet, educator, editor and diplomat. He succeeded Longfellow as chair of belles-lettres at Harvard in 1854.

 

This week’s text is his essay, Abraham Lincoln (1865).  It is a commentary on Lincoln’s personality and presidency.  Lowell’s comment in the essay—

“Enthusiasm is good material for the orator, but the statesman needs something more durable to work in,—must be able to rely on the deliberate reason and consequent firmness of the people, without which that presence of mind, no less essential in times of moral than of material peril, will be wanting at the critical moment.”

—is especially relevant today.

  

Join others in this weekly reading event!  You can find the text at these websites: 

 

http://www.bartleby.com/28/16.html

http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/hst/biography/AbrahamLincoln/Chap1.html

 

 

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