Mar 4, 2011

Disunion: Lincoln Addresses the Nation

Abraham Lincoln delivered his first Inaugural Address on the East Portico of the Capitol 150 years ago today. Tens of thousands turned out, not only to see the new chief executive but to hear him speak about the nation’s roiling secession crisis. Would he offer compromise to the Confederate states? Or would he take a hardline stance on the besieged Fort Sumter and other hotspots? The Disunion editors asked four Lincoln scholars for their thoughts on the speech.

Ted Widmer: Better Angels
Daniel W. Crofts: The Other 13th Amendment
Richard Striner: Lincoln’s Threat to the Supreme Court
Harold Holzer: Lincoln’s ‘Flat Failure’

Read Lincoln’s Inaugural Speech »