Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:
“Just over a month before his assassination, Lincoln gives his brief yet poignant second Inaugural Address. With the end of the Civil War rapidly approaching, Lincoln uses the opportunity to look toward the eventual peace and reconstruction of the Union. He begins his closing remarks with the famous words ‘With malice toward none; with charity for all.’”
Thoughts on Transcript:
Notes on speech:
- In his first address, Lincoln had sought to avoid war. In his second, Civil War has raged for 4 years. Peace is only two months away.
- Some people sought to dissolve Union without war
- No one expected the war to be as bitter or as long as it has been
- God is on both sides and neither side. His answers are his answers.
- “With malice toward none”