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We talk with Pulitzer Prize finalist Edward Achorn about his book, "Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln." He explains how Lincoln sought to bind the nation's wounds after the bloodiest years in its history. Lincoln's unique ability to understand both politics and public sentiment allowed him to write and deliver one of the greatest speeches in American history. Not only did Lincoln use beautiful language, but he made it clear that the war had been fought over slavery. Yet he didn't "spike the football" in a way that would make it more difficult to heal. Achorn also shows how John Wilkes Booth became further radicalized in his quest to avenge the south's defeat.
Achorn's website can be found at edachorn.com
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