Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

May 4, 2023

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

by Jeff Polet We’ve drawn the reader’s attention in a prior essay to Lincoln’s “Lyceum Address,” one of his more interesting speeches. That’s an intense competition, because Lincoln was an unusually gifted speechwriter — a testimony to the benefits of reading the Bible and Shakespeare and Poe at a young age. While “The Gettysburg Address” …

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