Thursday, March 4, 2021

"We must not be enemies"

Patrick Kurp writes about Lincoln's strengths as a writer beginning by quoting from his first inaugural address, delivered one hundred sixty years ago today:
.... I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Anecdotal Evidence: 'The Lesson of Terseness and Strength'

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