First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Revisited

Historians rank Abraham Lincoln’s majestic second inaugural address as one of the greatest political orations in American history. But at the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses even as the Civil War headed toward Union victory. Preeminent Lincoln biographer Harold Holzer revisits the unforgettable day of March 4, 1865.

This video was recorded at the First Congregational Church of Manchester on May 1, 2019.