Monday, February 18, 2008

For Presidents Day: Newly Discovered Lincoln Photos

Check this out: NPR: Uncovered Photos Offer View of Lincoln Ceremony. I have always found the second inaugural address the most moving of Lincoln's speeches, as he struggles in public to understand the awful nature of the war and the place of God and of slavery in the conflict:

Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."

For the full text of the address go here, and an audio reenactment of it here.

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