2/6/2013 Listening Lounge

 

PORTRAIT OF LINCOLN

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 hisGettysburg 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 "Your 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 our16th 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 presentand two-million more were listening in on the radio. We will hear a recitation from Walter Huston.


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!"

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February 6, 2013

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