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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Inaugural address of the President of the United States, on the Fourth of March, 1861.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01264 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlets Date: 4 March 1861 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Lincoln focuses on increasing his support in the North while attempting to not further alienate the South. He references four important documents: Henry Clay's 1850 Speech on compromise, Webster's reply to Hayne, Andrew Jackson's proclamation against nullification, and the U.S. Constitution. Marked Senate executive document No. 1, special session. Disbound but boxed.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Inauguration, US Constitution, President Presidential Speeches and Proclamations, Inaugural Address, Government and Civics, Civil War, Missouri Compromise, Congress, Nullification

Sub Era: The American Civil War