The Gettysburg Address

A Graphic Adaptation

by Jonathan Hennessey, Aaron McConnell

On Sale: 06/25/2013

The Gettysburg Address

A Graphic Adaptation

by Jonathan Hennessey, Aaron McConnell

On Sale: 06/25/2013


About the Book

The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation is a full-color illustrated look at Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, the bloody battle of the Civil War that prompted it, and how they led to a defining point in the history of America.
Most of us can recall “Four score and seven years ago,” but much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln’s oration has been forgotten after high school.
Using Lincoln’s words as a keystone, and drawing from first-person accounts, The Gettysburg Address shows us the events through the eyes of those who lived through the events of the War, from soldiers to slaves.
Writer Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Aaron McConnell illuminate history with vibrant, detailed graphics and captions that deliver a fresh understanding of this vital speech.

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Critical Praise

An excellent work. … Not a simplification but a detailed and nuanced analysis of Lincoln’s famous speech” - Library Journal (starred review)

“Engaging, provocative and deftly nuanced. ... This second collaboration by Hennessey and McConnell again finds them probing the implications of history through incisive analysis and compelling art.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Aaron McConnell’s illustrations are brilliant in their effectiveness of depicting complex themes and ideas in discernable ways. The style is reminiscent of the political cartoons of yore and his use of iconography is clever and informative.” - Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom

Praise for The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation: “The coolest thing since Schoolhouse Rock.” - Rachel Maddow

“A sweet, quick, thoroughgoing history of the U.S. Constitution . . . You’d be hard-pressed to find a better primer for bringing the kids, foreigners and forgetful in your life up to speed.” - Cory Doctorow

“Intelligently written, lushly illustrated . . . Hennessey interweaves the Framers’ intent with contemporary battles over constitutional law, while McConnell colors history with masterful strokes. A civics lesson no one should miss.” - Village Voice (A Best Book of 2008)

“Avoiding the didactic, the book succeeds in being both consistently entertaining and illuminating . . . A fine introduction to U.S. legal history.” - Publishers Weekly

“Before Obama is sworn in as the next U.S. president in January, let Hennessey and McConnell’s The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation be your refresher course.” - Charles Moss, PopMatters

“[A] must-read graphic novel treatment of the history, meaning and evolution of the United States Constitution. It should be a staple of every high school history class.” - Jonathan Valania, Phawker

“We the people can now appreciate our nation’s founding document unpacked into easy-to-follow explanations enriched with stick-in-your-mind visuals . . . A surprising and effective accomplishment; highly recommended for all collections. Buy multiples for kids, teens, and adults.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

“A stellar nonfiction graphic novel. ... McConnell’s detailed and highly textured art. ... shows the variety of class-based, racial, and historical perspectives creating the mismatched lenses through which Americans view their own history.” - Booklist

“A very nuanced historical argument…” - Slate Political Gabfest

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061969768
  • ISBN 10: 0061969761
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 06/25/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

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