Learning leadership: Lincoln at the Lyceum, 1838

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Re-creating a history of the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, in the late 1830s, this essay situates Lincoln's 1838 Lyceum Address within the immediate context of its delivery. Then, by comparing the published text of Lincoln's lecture with lectures delivered by two other Springfield lawyers at the same venue in 1838 and 1839, the essay argues for a revised understanding of Lincoln's Lyceum Address as it relates to his political development, his psychological state, and his compositional practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-387
Number of pages39
JournalRhetoric and Public Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language

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