My post tonight is very simple: A. Lincoln had a greater command of the English language than any president we’ve ever had. He could write prose that sings. The Second Inaugural Address, the Cooper Union Speech, and the Gettysburg Address—all documents we read today in the Museum–prove this. What if Jefferson Davis had some of Lincoln’s rhetorical abilities? What if he could use imagery and metaphor the way Lincoln could? What if he had Lincoln’s talent for detail and description? How would the War have been different? I stand in awe at Lincoln’s ability for the written word, and I consider myself fortunate to have read such beautiful language today.
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