On this anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address in 1863, spend time looking at this exhibit from the Library of Congress. You’ll find some background about the speech itself and the impact it had. There is also a demonstration of how two of the drafts of the speech are being preserved in the Library of Congress. See pictures of the construction of the environmental cases that hold these precious documents. A video showing an interview with the curator of the
exhibition explains about the various drafts of the speech and specifically the two on display. You can also click on the address itself to see Lincoln’s handwritten copy up close and read a transcript of this short, but powerful piece of American history.http://myloc.gov/Exhibitions/gettysburgaddress/Pages/default.aspx
President’s Day will be on Monday, February 20. It is fitting to honor one of the greatest American presidents, Abraham Lincoln, by examining some of his most important speeches. Listen to readings of his Gettysburg Address andhis brilliant second inaugural address. Explore the interactive timelines included with each speech. You can view political cartoons of the times, maps of Civil War battles and election results, and brief biographies of noted persons of the time as well as see the 13th amendment to the Constitution with Abraham Lincoln’s signature.