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INTRODUCTION

“there is little…of Abraham Lincoln”: Frederick Douglass, “Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln,” April 14, 1876, in Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings, ed. Philip S. Foner, abridged by Yuval Taylor (Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 1999), pp. 620–21.

“comparatively unknown…such anxious times”: Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Abraham Lincoln,” in Miscellanies (Cambridge, Mass.: Riverside Press, 1904), pp. 330–31.

“very near…perfect man”: EB, quoted in F. B. Carpenter, Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln (New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1866), p. 68.

“field of glory”: AL, “Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois,” January 27, 1838, in CW, I, p. 113.

“a new birth of freedom”: AL, “Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863; Edward Everett Copy,” in CW, VII, p. 21.

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