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TIDSKRIFTEN Smithsonian är husorgan åt institutet och museet med samma namn. April 2002 uppmärksammades president Lincolns andra istallationstal.

President Abraham Lincoln avslutade sitt briljanta men förvånansvärt korta tal på följande sätt:

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 a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

”Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address has lived under the shadow of the Gettysburg Address. And yet Lincoln thought this was his best effort”, skriver historikern Ronald C. White, Jr.

He was the average American, with only one year of education, a man who was really quite ugly in a certain sense—could he ever have campaigned today?—tall, awkward, gawky, clothes ill-fitting, with a tenor voice, almost a falsetto, and yet he was a huge man for his day, 6 feet 4 inches tall. Everything about him was against his being a powerful speaker. But once he began to speak, what people sensed was his integrity. He was not playing a role. And the audience of that day picked it up.


He had the knack of asking these simple but very profound questions. In every crisis, whether it’s September 11 or World War II, it is amazing how people return to Lincoln.

Läs mer: Artiklarna går inte att läsa på nätet men äldre nummer av Smithsonian går att beställa. Talet och mycket mer om Lincoln går att läsa på sajten Abraham Lincoln’s Classroom.

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