At Cornell, rare documents, memorabilia examine Lincoln

One of five existing original copies of the Gettysburg Address handwritten by Abraham Lincoln is the centerpiece of an exhibition that opened this week at Cornell University and celebrates the 200th birthday of the 16th president of the United States.

“The Lincoln Presidency: Last Full Measure of Devotion” explores Lincoln’s presidential years – his role as commander in chief, his views on slavery, his two presidential political campaigns, his assassination, and how the nation grieved in the wake of his death, through a wealth of documents, letters, photographs and artifacts.

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