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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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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence’ Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence’ Speech

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here tonight, and how very delighted I am to see you expressing your concern about the issues that will be discussed tonight by turning out in such large numbers. I also want to say that I consider it a great honor to share this program with Dr. Bennett, Dr. Commager, and Rabbi Heschel, and some of the distinguished leaders and personalities of…

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Yours Affectionately – January 28, 1863

Yours Affectionately – January 28, 1863

Met. Hotel N. Y. Wednesday Jany 28th 1863   My dear wife On Sunday night I succeeded in getting my papers through for a leave of absence for ten days. With the next mail I wrote to you to meet me at Albany coming by way of Springfield, writing to me both at Company Hall, Albany & Kingston so that I might meet you at Greenbush, opposite Albany. On Tuesday morning at 3 oclock I started with my horses for…

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Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the…

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Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 17-19, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt NYS near Falmouth Va Dec 17th 1862 My dear wife The mail is just starting and I have written a letter to mother detailing the events of our fight & requesting her to forward it to you. I have but a moment to say that we have been engaged in a five days fight before Fredericksburgh, have crossed the river, and find it necessary to retreat to our former position on this side, which we have…

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Human Rights and the Liberal Order

Human Rights and the Liberal Order

December 10 is Human Rights Day. On this day, in 1948, the new United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Like the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide the day before, the adoption of the Universal Declaration marked a seminal moment in the historical development of the idea as well as the actual attainment of human rights. The creation of the Universal Declaration in many ways emphasized the centrality of liberalism…

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Yours Affectionately – December 2, 1862

Yours Affectionately – December 2, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Falmouth Va Dec 2 1862 My dear wife I have not heard from you in quite a while but presume there are letters from me in the mails which have been only partly delivered during the last week. We have joined the Army of the Potomac & am lying opposite Fredericksburgh two and a half miles from Falmouth. We are in the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, 3rd Grand Division (Commanded by…

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Yours Affectionately – November 23, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 23, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt N.Y.S. near Wolf Rim Shoals Va Sunday Nov 23rd 1862 Dear Mother Your letter was duly received and I have waited for an opportunity to answer as well as for the Carte de Visite which I received a day or so ago from Washington. Their only merit is to represent my daily appearance as I have worn or taken with me no other suit of clothes since our Regiment took the field on the first day…

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Yours Affectionately – November 22, 1862

Yours Affectionately – November 22, 1862

Camp of 120th Regt near Occoquan Nov 22 1862 My dear wife I received your letter of the 16th Inst. Enclosed. I send to you a Carte de visite taken at Washington which I have just received. It represents me in the only suit of clothes I carry with me on the march. We are halting here for rest after a severe march, during a continual rain storm of two days. One of the Captains in the Brigade to which…

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