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Organization of American Historians: Talking History Radio Program
The Best of Talking History: Program #5: Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural
On March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. It was short, and to the point— mere 703 words. In it, he uttered one of his most memorable phrases, when he called on Americans to proceed from the Civil War "with malice toward none, with charity for all." Ronald White, author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, discusses the speech and its impact with Talking History's Fred Nielsen.
Airdate: August 29, 2005. (This show originally aired the week of March 28, 2005.)
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Running time: 29 minutes
And for our commentary Andrew Cayton offers us his thoughts on the ambivalence he sees in American attitudes toward war. Cayton is Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio and the author, along with Fred Anderson, of The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America: 1500-2000, published by Viking Press.
In this show Talking History's Jim Madison discusses Nicole Etcheson's re-examination of the ideological origins of the Civil War in the Kansas Territory. Etcheson is author of "Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War."
Airdate: September 20, 2004.
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And for our commentary we are joined by historian Michael Holt, who gives us another perspective on the events leading up to the Civil War.