Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer surveys the 16th president’s majestic second “malice toward none” inaugural address as one of the greatest of American political orations. At the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses—and even an assassination attempt. Exhausted yet determined, Lincoln nonetheless did nothing less than re-interpret America’s founding and light the way for “peace among ourselves” after a long and bloody civil war.
Harold Holzer is Jonathan F. Fanton Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era and served as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation and as co-chair of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2008 by President George W. Bush.
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