President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speech

President Lincoln’s wartime second inaugural address is considered one of the most important speeches in US history. It speaks for itself!

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers for students.

For more on this time period check out our PowerPoints: Causes of the Civil War, The Civil War, and Reconstruction.

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  1. I came across your post recently and thought you might be interested in some information on the following title that we published:

    Book: Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason
    Authors: David A. Hirsch and Dan Van Haften

    The authors broke “Lincoln’s code” regarding how he wrote his speeches. Unknown to previous Lincoln scholars, he used a regular template and it is replicable. Anyone can do it. The authors prove it in their book, explain it line by line, and show you how it is done. Now anyone can speak and argue like Lincoln.

    Authors Hirsch and Van Haften persuasively argue, for the first time, that it was Lincoln’s in-depth study of geometry that gave our sixteenth president his verbal structure. In fact, conclude the authors, Lincoln embedded the ancient structure of geometric proof into the Gettysburg Address, the Cooper Union speech, the First and Second Inaugurals, his legal practice, and much of his substantive post-1853 communication.

    There is an interview that we conducted with the authors posted on our website here:
    And this article about the book recently came out in the Chicago Daily Herald:

    Please let me know if you would be interested in any content from the book (excerpt, author interview, etc.) for your blog or a guest post/article by the authors and I would be happy to help.

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