The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation

Aaron McConnell (illus.). Morrow. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9780061969768. pap. $15.99. HIST
OrangeReviewStarThis title may be way shorter than Hennessey and McConnell's earlier, successful graphic collaboration, the U.S. Constitution, but is no less meaty. Lincoln's 271-word speech acts as a lens to U.S. history, economics, and politics. As Hennessey and McConnell present in a clear narrative, both visually and metaphorically, we follow the historical and philosophic sources of North-South bipartisanship, some stemming from disharmonies between the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Numerous quotations from the period plus additional primary source information support the discussion.
VERDICT Not a simplification but a detailed and nuanced analysis of Lincoln's famous speech, this excellent work will be much appreciated by educators and high school through postgraduate students. As the content reflects shades of gray rather than simple black and white, the realistic art varies the color for different periods and themes. A first-rate compendium of supporting references and information appears at
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