New Book Examines Conceptual Moments in Lincoln's Life, Brings Understanding to Birth of the Greatest Speech

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History Publishing Company has agreed to publish The Greatest Speech Ever: The Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address by Judge James L. Cotton, Jr. The Foreword is by Former Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., of Tennessee.

In the preface, the author prepares the reader for that remarkable story. He writes, “By design, I strived to make the book more than a specialized monograph about the Gettysburg Address, Accordingly, I have digressed along the way in telling the story about the great speech, taking side excursions and backroads into Abraham Lincoln’s remarkable life - exploring his father-son relationship and hardscrabble childhood, his formative years as a young man in New Salem, the vexing issue of slavery and colonization, and his courageous but controversial Emancipation Proclamation. After all, to fully understand how the Gettysburg Address came to be, one must understand how Abraham Lincoln came to be. Part of the greatness of the Gettysburg Address is that the DNA of Lincoln’s life is found in every word.”

The author, jurist and historian, presents to the reader an insight developed over several years of research and brings to light the moments in Lincoln’s life that brought spark to the most revered 272 words in the American culture.

Senator Baker in his Foreword wrote “Judge Cotton’s book is not only a fascinating and scholarly assessment of the Gettysburg Address and its impact on America, but also an absorbing look into Abraham Lincoln’s life.”

The Greatest Speech, Ever: the Remarkable Story of Abraham Lincoln and His Gettysburg Address will be published on November 19, 2013, the 150th anniversary of the Address. The author James L. Cotton, Jr., is an attorney and a judge in the General Sessions Court in Scott County, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis Law School and is a resident of Oneida, Tennessee, An historian, he has written articles for numerous historical publications.

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