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Month: August 2017

Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address

Source: Yale University’s Avalon Project   Fellow-Citizens of the United States: In compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President before he enters on the execution of this office.” I do not consider it necessary at present for me to discuss those matters of administration about which there…

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Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Pericles’ Funeral Oration

What follows is the public funeral oration that Pericles gave to the Athenians in the first year of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.), as related by Thucydides, in his account of that systemic war. Pericles was a statesman and a general, and Athens was at the beginning of a war, which would end its democracy and its standing as supreme power in the Peloponnese. It is a speech that sought to praise the greatness of Athens, its citizens, and its…

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Meanwhile, While Rome Burns…

Meanwhile, While Rome Burns…

Good ol’ boys down at the bar Peanuts and politics They think they know it all They don’t know much of nothing Even if one of them was to read the newspaper Cover-to-cover That ain’t what’s going on Journalism’s dead and gone The Eagles, Frail Grasp of the Big Picture   Last night, I went over to some friends’ house to watch the news. We chatted and watched the (mainly) Generals on CNN break down the crisis with North Korea….

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