Monday, January 19, 2009

Lincoln's Second Inaugural

Lincoln's second inaugural address is short by today's standards (and significantly shorter than his first) but is often considered the greatest inaugural address given. Lincoln would be dead just over a month after its delivery. He concludes:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

(image: Lincoln gives his second inaugural address, Lincoln is seen at center, Library of Congress,