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Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln

Book Overview: 

The speech given by Abraham Lincoln upon his inauguration for his second term of office

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .March 4, 1865

Fellow countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office, there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement, somewhat in detail, of a course to be pursued, seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself; and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago, all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it—all sought to avert it. While the inaugural addr. . . Read More

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"to those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the west, know that your people will judge you by what you can build, not what you destroy. to those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the...more

I don't always agree with what he does, but wanted to reread what he said during the address. Enjoyed the Lincoln addresses.

An interesting pairing of essays and speeches with this First Inaugural Address of President Obama's that I recall as compelling. It still is very riveting and relevant.

Linclon and Obama (and you can't forget Jefferson) are the most eloquent of America's Presidents. This is a lovely little collection of their inaugural speeches, along with the Gettyburg Address, and Emerson thrown in for good measure.

I stood on our national mall on that frigid Janauary day when...more

I don't usually read transcripts of speeches, but I made an exception. Obama's speech was quite straightforward, a no-nonsense and not too "flowery" kind of speech, so I didn't mind reading it. Abe Lincoln's speeches and Emerson's Self-Reliance added a nice background to it, and I could see how t...more

nice little commemorative edition of inaugural along with some lincoln and emerson - hypotaxis vs parataxis holla

A pleasure to read! I can hear his voice in my mind's ear(?). It should be required reading every so many months when people start wondering what the government's doing... I think we need to help ourselves too.

Barack Obama is an excellent speech writer.

So much hope and greatness in these 2 men, until they came into power. Still, a lot is to be learned through these speeches, which are parts of history forever.

Bello questo discorso di Obama!
Mi era piaciuto vedendolo su internet e ho voluto comprare il libretto :)