American Revolution 2.0

In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln called for “a new birth of freedom.” He wanted the freedoms defined in the Declaration of Independence extended to all Americans, including ex-slaves. In the last speech of his life, to a crowd on the White House lawn celebrating Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Lincoln specifically addressed the right to vote, saying that he hoped blacks who were veterans and “very intelligent” might enjoy the franchise in Louisiana. John Wilkes Booth, who was in Lincoln’s audience, promised to kill him, which he did four days later. Read more…