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With malice toward none, with charity for all-

Let us be in the right in the sight of God, and on the right side of history!


February 21-

Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugral speech is memorable, among other things, for its historic context, scriptural allusions, and equanimity and largesse of his heart and mind.

“With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan ~ to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on Saturday, March 4, 1865, during his second inauguration as President of the United States. At a time when victory over secessionists in the American Civil War was within days and slavery in all of the U.S. was near an end, Lincoln did not speak of happiness, but of sadness. Some see this speech as a defense of his pragmatic approach to Reconstruction, in which he sought to avoid harsh treatment of the defeated rebels by reminding his listeners of how wrong both sides had been in imagining what lay before them when the war began four years earlier. Lincoln balanced that rejection of triumphalism, however, with recognition of the unmistakable evil of slavery.[2] The address is inscribed, along with the Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Memorial.[3]

Here is the speech in its entireity:

Courtesy:  1) National Park Service:,and%20cherish%20a%20just%20and

2) History Place:

3) Wikipedia:


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