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2019 Newest Book: The Tyranny of Public Discourse:

“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln

Preface and Acknowledgments to our first book: The Structure of Reason

Foreword by Hon. Frank J. Williams


Chronological List of Lincoln Documents Demarcated

Chapter 1: Lincoln the Law Student

Chapter 2: Unlocking Lincoln

Chapter 3: Honest Abe?

[A question Dan Weinberg asked at Virtual Book Signing after publication:

Dan Weinberg- “I had Ward Lamon’s copy of Holland’s, Josiah Holland’s biography, 1866, of Lincoln, one of the earliest. And this was his own copy. He put his name in the front, and then there was some marginalia inside. And Holland at one point says that Lincoln was honest. Well, Ward Lamon writes in this that he could stretch the truth when necessary, which leads me to, memory sometimes, but also Cooper Union, which you have a very provocative chapter, I think, in here, at least it was for me, and I enjoyed it. That on the Cooper Union, and you have a chart, that we could talk about, as well. How did Honest Abe deceive in that speech. You write that this was revealed through Euclid’s structure. That he took a turn by. Well, I’ll tell you what Harold Holzer says to me. ‘There was some inherent number cooking in that speech.’ And you can explain this for us. ‘And he chose as the Fathers the signers of the Constitution instead of the Declaration.’ Which could be disingenuous, but it worked.”]

See Chapter three in our first book (2010) Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason; see also Lesson 11 (The Investigation) footnote 15 at page 179 in our 2019 book, The Tyranny of Public Discourse.

Chapter 4: Lawyering Like Lincoln

Chapter 5: Attorney and Client: Matchmaking

Chapter 6: Credibility, Credibility, Credibility

Chapter 7: Fact Check: Confirming Truth

Chapter 8: Legal Check: Confirming Law

Chapter 9: Pleadings and Discovery: Specifying Issues and Facts

Chapter 10: Moving Targets: Judges and Motions

Chapter 11: Demonstration: The Elements of Trial

Chapter 12: Appeal

Chapter 13: Jefferson and Lincoln

Chapter 14: Euclid, the Apple of Newton’s Eye

Chapter 15: How Does a Speech Mean?

Chapter 16: Abraham Lincoln: The Great Demarcator

Conclusion: Listening to Lincoln

Afterword by Professor John Stauffer

Appendix A: Speech at Springfield, Illinois, June 26, 1857

Appendix B: Lincoln’s Speech to Jury in Rock Island Bridge Case

Appendix C: “A House Divided”

Appendix D: Notes for Speeches at Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio

Appendix E: Speech at Columbus, Ohio

Appendix F: Address Before Wisconsin State Agricultural Soc., Milwaukee

Appendix G: Address at Cooper Institute, New York City

Appendix H: Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

Appendix I: Letter to Erastus Corning and Others

Appendix J: Letter to James C. Conkling

Appendix K: Last Public Address

Appendix L: Lincoln Pleading in Original Form and Recast in Modern Form




Tables and Figures

2.1 Proposition 1

2.2 Elements of a Proposition

2.3 Euclid Book 1, Proposition 1

2.4 Cooper Union (Three Speeches in One)

2.5 Letter to George C. Latham, July 22, 1860

3.1 Lincoln’s Cooper Union Analysis

4.1 Lincoln’s Attorney Notes, Clark & Morrison v. Page et al.

4.2 Geometry of Justice

5.1 Abraham Lincoln Letter to General Meade, July 14, 1863

5.2 Letter to John M. Pomeroy, August 31, 1860

5.3 Letter to Horace Greeley, August 22, 1862

5.4 To Samuel C. Davis & Company, November 17, 1858

7.1 Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland, April 18, 1864

7.2 Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

7.3 Lincoln’s Reply to Notification Committee, March 1, 1865

8.1 Letter to James N. Brown, October 18, 1858

8.2 Opinion Concerning John Fitzgerald, December 18, 1854

9.1 Abraham Lincoln Letter to General Hooker, January 26, 1863

12.1 Abraham Lincoln’s Form Letter to Fillmore Men, September 8, 1856

12.2 Letter to Henry L. Pierce and Others, April 6, 1859

13.1 Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson

14.1 Principia Book 1 Proposition

14.2 Aristotle’s System of Persuasion

15.1 Lincoln’s Euclidean Path

15.2 Guidelines: The Elements of a Proposition

15.3 Demarcating a Lincoln Document

15.4 Lincoln’s Outline for a Speech at Columbus, Ohio, September 16, 1859

15.5 Lincoln’s Handwritten Outline for Columbus Speech

15.6 Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

16.1 Lincoln Propositions with Specifications Containing “I say” or a Variant

16.2 Lincoln’s Farewell Address, Springfield, February 11, 1861

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“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln