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Abraham Lincoln: Second Annual Message to Congress

December 1, 1862 (over 153 years ago)

In Abraham Lincoln's Second Annual Message to Congress, he delivers a profound speech. He begins with updates regarding foreign affairs, finances, and currency. He also reports about the civil war, public lands, and the creation of the Department of Agriculture. He then presents to congress a rad...

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Abraham Lincoln: Fourth Annual Message to Congress

December 6, 1864 (over 151 years ago)

In Abraham Lincoln's Fourth Annual Message to Congress, he reaffirms his resolve that the country continue to prosper in spite of the civil war. He starts with the reports from the different parts of the government including foreign affairs, finance, immigration, military strength, Indian affairs...

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Abraham Lincoln: Cooper Union Address

February 27, 1860 (about 156 years ago)

For his first political speech in New York, Abraham Lincoln delivers what one might call the speech that led him to the presidency. In this convincing speech, he talks about the positions the founding fathers took on the issue of slavery. He then defends the Republican party from the southerner's...

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Thomas Jefferson: Fourth Annual Message

November 8, 1804 (over 211 years ago)

President Thomas Jefferson speaks of the Louisiana Purchase, becoming indispensable to Indian nations comfort so as to maintain peace, foreign relations with Tripoli and the nation's finances.

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George Washington: Veto Message on Congressional Redistricting

April 5, 1792 (about 224 years ago)

President George Washington issues the first-ever Presidential veto in returning a redistricting bill to Congress due to inconsistencies with the Constitution.

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Thomas Jefferson: Second Inaugural Address

March 4, 1805 (about 211 years ago)

In his second inaugural address, President Thomas Jefferson defends the value of the Louisiana Purchase, argues against those who think the Native Americans are better off maintaining their traditional ways, and takes comfort in the general public's ability to see through and counter the defamati...

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James Buchanan: Inaugural Address

March 4, 1857 (about 159 years ago)

In his inaugural address, President James Buchanan stresses the incalculable damage that would come from the union breaking apart over the question of slavery, emphasizing how a free trade between north, south, east and west has allowed the US to prosper. He gives thanks and shows support for im...

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Martin Van Buren: First Inaugural Address

March 4, 1837 (about 179 years ago)

In his inaugural address, President Martin Van Buren celebrates the success of the country's first half-century. Van Buren also squarely states his stance - upon which he campaigned - to defend slavery in the face of increased agitations by abolitionists.

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