Lincoln in His Own Words (Paperback)

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Lincoln in His Own Words (Paperback)

By Milton Meltzer, Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator)


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Get to know one of the greatest presidents in American history, Abraham Lincoln, through his speeches, writings, and letters. Author Milton Meltzer provides historical context for Lincoln's words, and dramatic illustrations by Stephen Alcorn complete this handsome volume, now available in paperback.

A renowned orator and writer, Abraham Lincoln believed in speaking plainly so every American could understand the complicated issues affecting the country. His simple but elegant words are a testament to his unfailing dedication to the ideals of freedom, equality, and justice upon which America was founded.

In this comprehensive collection of Lincoln’s writings—from the Emancipation Proclamation to the compassionate and often humorous letters to family and friends—historian Milton Meltzer provides a rare personal glimpse into the life of the man behind the legendary words, with bold linocuts by illustrator Stephen Alcorn.
Milton Meltzer (1915–2009) was the author of 110 books, five of which were nominated for the National Book Award. With Langston Hughes, he coauthored A Pictorial History of African Americans, now in its sixth edition. He received the 2001 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to children's literature, the 1986 Jane Addams Peace Association Children's Book Award, and the 2000 Regina Medal. He lived in New York City.

Stephen Alcorn is an acclaimed painter and printmaker who has created artwork for a number of anthologies and picture books, including Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, and I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry by Catherine Clinton. He lives in Cambridge, New York. Visit Stephen Alcorn at
Product Details ISBN: 9781328895745
ISBN-10: 1328895742
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: July 31st, 2018
Pages: 240
Language: English
“Easily accessible . . . with a context specifically geared to those less knowledgeable about the historical period.” —The Bulletin

“Few students realize Lincoln’s contributions to our understanding of nationhood and freedom, and Meltzer’s analysis, based on solid historical scholarship, will help them see the scope of those contributions . . . A good addition to any library.” —School Library Journal

* “A splendid book.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Meltzer gives Lincoln’s words rich historical context by framing them with the facts of his life. Alcorn’s powerful black-and-white . . . linoleum block prints have impact and majesty.” —Booklist

A Chicago Sun-Times Best Children's Book of the Century