Lincoln the Speechwriter

Denise Graveline writes of her visit to the Lincoln exhibit at the Morgan Library and alerts to an exhibition of the manuscript of Lincoln’s Second InauguraL Address at the Library of Congress. She writes, eloquently I think, of the importance of seeing these texts and understanding the work that went into them

I don’t just get excited about seeing these speech texts because I’ve written, coached, and delivered speeches, but because they bring home in a way nothing else can the enormity of work that went into each speech. Every word is seen as chosen, edited, and delivered for a purpose. These words helped prevent my country from failing its experiment in democracy. How much more weight can words have?

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