Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy 200th Birthday President Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born 200 years ago today. When he was born, slavery was common and racism rampant. Through his bold, cunning, and ingenious leadership, the Civil War was transformed from a war to preserve the Union to one to liberate the slaves. His legacy has left a strong imprint on America. The Homestead Act, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, victory in the Civil War, Reconstruction - and ultimately the civil rights struggles - are all tied to his vision. He embraced the First Principle of equality, and made America to begin to live up to its promise.

Click on the title of this post to read the Gettysburg Address - likely the most influential - and eloquent - speech in American history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln.

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