Diana Schaub: Importance of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

Broadcast Running Time: 20:21

Whenever you see a list of the ten best presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln almost always comes in at number one.  And with exception to the Gettysburg Address, his most important speech may have been his second inaugural address.  Joining us today to talk about this is Diana Schaub (loyola.edu), Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.  She examines Lincoln’s humility, his desire to move away from vengeance once the war was over, his use of religion in the speech, and his need to unite a divided country.  She and John also look at the spirit of 1776 versus the hopelessness of 1619.

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