Next Obama history lesson: Lincoln's 2nd inaugural address

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Posted: Mar 08, 2015 2:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — One more history lesson for President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha.

They visited the Library of Congress on Sunday, where, according to the White House, they glimpsed the original manuscript of President Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address. It's on display to mark the 150th anniversary of the speech.

The address on March 4, 1865, came during the final days of the Civil War. Lincoln's famous closing words were, "to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."

Just over a month later, Lincoln was dead from an assassin's bullet.

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On Saturday, the Obamas were in Selma, Alabama. The president joined civil rights marchers of 50 years ago at the bridge where police brutality on "Bloody Sunday" galvanized America's opposition to racial oppression in the South.