'With Malice Toward None': Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

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It was on this day 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln delivered his last and perhaps most famous speech, his second inaugural address.

The Civil War was drawing to its bloody close and the president used this speech to call for mutual forgiveness between the North and South, and a beginning to the work of rebuilding the nation.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with historian Vernon Burton about the enduring legacy of the words Lincoln spoke on March 4, 1865.

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This segment aired on March 4, 2015.


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