New Voices, Old Words

Well. Not really new voices, but at least contemporary ones.

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, and I woke up to Eric Foner and a host of NRP personalities reading it out over the airwaves.

http://www.npr.org/2013/11/19/246095479/gettysburg-address-turns-150

Like many American middle school students, I had to memorize the first paragraph of the speech, and, like the Lord’s Prayer and the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, I can still recite most of it.

The reading starts at minute 5:25.

And would that all historians sounded like Eric Foner on air.

Part of Civil War glass negative collection at the Library of Congress. LC-B813- 2397 A [P&P]

Part of Civil War glass negative collection at the Library of Congress. LC-B813- 2397 A [P&P]

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