05 February 2013

Portrait of Lincoln - Airs Feb 6th

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address read by Orson Welles
Delivered on March 4, 1865, abolitionist Frederick Douglass called the speech "a sacred effort." Additionally, the president himself thought that his Second Inaugural, which offered a theodicy of the Civil War, was better than his Gettysburg Address.

Portrait of Lincoln by Tony Schwartz
Tony asks average New Yorkers what they understand and know about Lincoln. This is taken from a Folkways Records album titled "You're Stepping On My Shadow" released in 1962. The LP is a collection of "sound stories" which aired on WNYC's "Around New York" program that Tony hosted.

Lincoln, Pts. 1 and 2
by Carl Sandburg

Carl August Sandburg was an American writer, historian, hobo, activist, drop-out, and editor, best known for his poetry. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his poetry and another for a biography of our 16th President.

Lincoln, Man of the People
by Edwin Markham

This poem was chosen out of two-hundred-fifty Lincoln poems by a committee headed by Chief Justice Taft, the 27th president, to be read at the dedication on May 30th, 1922 of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. One hundred thousand people were present and two-million more were listening in on the radio. We will hear a recitation from Walter Huston who played the President in the 1930 D.W. Griffith film Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
by Vachel Lindsay

Also read by Walter Huston. Poem written in 1914 by a fellow Springfieldian about a man, who even in death, is burdened by tragedy. "He is among us: - as in times before!"


"Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye — is the great invention of the world. Great in the astonishing range of analysis and combination . . . great in enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space." - Abraham Lincoln

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