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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Often ranked as one of the nation's greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln remains a tragic historical figure, gunned down by an assassin just days after winning the nation's bloodiest war. A Republican lawyer from the backwoods who produced the most enduringly elegant phrases of modern rhetoric, Lincoln's surprising election in 1860 helped spark the war itself, when South Carolina seceded. His appearance at Gettysburg in 1863 and his Second Inaugural Address in 1865 provided two of his most revered speeches.

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