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Abraham Lincoln at 150

Hermann Faber, Deathbed scene with man holding Lincoln, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln at 150On April 14 we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.Read More »
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150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: “A Few Well Chosen Remarks”

Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address
When Abraham Lincoln was invited in the fall of 1863 to speak at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of a pivotal Union victory at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it was not to give the main speech. That oration was delivered by Edward Everett, a Massachusetts statesman, vice-presidential candidate of the Constitutional Union Party in 1860, and the most famous orator of his day. Everett spoke to the crowd of 15,000 without notes for over two hours, giving an example of the kind of ornate, learned, and transcendentalist rhetoric that was expected at such ceremonies.Read More »
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