Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

American martyr who freed a people and saved a nation

“This is essentially a People’s contest….it is a struggle for maintaining in the world, that form, and substance of government, whose leading object is, to elevate the condition of men — to lift artificial weights from all shoulders — to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all — to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.

Abraham Lincoln, “Message to Congress,” July 4, 1861

For more information see Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide at the Library of Congress website.

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