In the annals of the American Presidency, no President has reached the literary heights and presented the clarity of communication as has Abraham Lincoln. His literary achievements are remarkable as they are the products of a man with six months of formal education.
As with all great authors, there are sources of inspiration which fed their creativity. Who inspired Lincoln? Why did Lincoln at times present a speech one way and publish it another? How did Lincoln utilize quotes form great sources and today we believe that "Lincoln said that?" What accounted for the harmony and rhythm of his speeches and writing?
It is from these writings and speeches that Lincoln's legacy has come down through the decades. And it is these aspects of Lincoln's literary efforts that will be discussed at this month's meeting.
Our speaker is Robert Summers, President of the Los Angeles Civil War Round Table. Bob has been a student of the Civil War since he was a teenager. During that time he has studied the war up to and including the university level, has toured every major battlefield, and attended many symposiums and formal study groups regarding the war.
While he has studied Lincoln for over 15 years, he is amazed at how much can be learned about the war and the President himself by reading Lincoln's writings. Bob will be following up with the second half of a presentation he began for us last February. And what better topic to have as we celebrate the month of Lincoln's birth?
Please join us as we learn more about the literary and oratorical legacy of our 16th President.
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