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State of the Union Address

Abraham Lincoln

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The State of the Union address is a speech presented by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress, typically delivered annually. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the President to outline his legislative agenda (for which he needs the cooperation of Congress) and national priorities.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ne that radical and extreme measures, which may reach the loyal as well as the disloyal, are indispensable.

The inaugural address at the beginning of the Administration and the message to Congress at the late special session were both mainly devoted to the domestic controversy out of which the insurrection and consequent war have sprung. Nothing now occurs to add or subtract to or from the principles or general purposes stated and expressed in those documents.

The last ray of hope for preserving the Union peaceably expired at the assault upon Fort Sumter, and a general review of what has occurred since may not be unprofitable. What was painfully uncertain then is much better defined and more distinct now, and the progress of events is plainly in the right direction. The insurgents confidently claimed a strong support from north of Mason and Dixon's line, and the friends of the Union were not free from apprehension on the point.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this for my American Writers literature class. It was good stuff, but we didn't really dig deep.

Eye Opening

Knew things were bad, but OMG, it is worse that I thought. Amazing how many of the things in the book, that the left wing media denies, can actually be seen on YouTube.

I am amazed by the writings of this man who you have to think about being pretty much self taught and came from a world of terrible sadness and horror in American History

A collection of inestimable value and unsurpassed eloquence

To read these papers is to receive an education in history, politics, friendship, diplomacy, military affairs, finance, government, and foreign policy. But most of all it is to sit in wonder at Lincoln's massive powers of reasoning, his h...more

I actually loved this book! It was very descriptive in telling reliable information. It gave me more knowledge on Abraham Lincoln that I didn't know. Abraham Lincoln (In this book) was really into stopping slavery and that's what he was well known for. As I read more into the book, I had learned...more

Indispensible

Understanding the man and the season is at best incomplete without this book.
Looked forward to each evenings session with these volumes.

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