The Graphic Novel
Bowen Press HR, Hardcover, 9780061561764, 80pp.
Publication Date: December 23, 2008
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is familiar to all Americans. But never has his most famous speech his 271 indelible words been presented in such a visual and accessible format.
Graphic artist and Civil War aficionado C. M. Butzer deftly uses a detailed, comic-book style to depict the Battle of Gettysburg; the national movement to create a memorial there; and the quiet day in 1863 when Lincoln delivered his galvanizing speech. Butzer uses only primary sources for the text, drawing from first-person letters and diaries, speeches, and Lincoln's own writing to unpack this series of historical events. The address itself is played out over eighteen pages, with every phrase given a visual interpretation that will resonate with young readers.