Lincoln answers Greeley

For its fourth consecutive year, Hildene sponsored an essay writing contest for Vermont’s eighth graders. Originally limited to a more local, Bennington County audience, the contest went statewide last year and drew entries from 89 students from 14 schools across the state this year.

Ciaren Wade of Arlington and Sarabeth Rambold of Manchester took first and third place, respectively, for their essays on why Lincoln responded to the open letter “The Prayer of the Twenty Millions” written by editor of New York Tribune Horace Greeley on Aug. 19, 1862, which urged the president to free the slaves as a way of weakening the confederacy.

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