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  • Lincoln's Speech (Original)

    I'm a big fan of Lincoln's original address in "Great Moments with Mr Lincoln" and have every recording of it available on the internet.

    I'm a US history buff and I was wondering if any of you knew what speeches were excerpted to create the speech he gave at the World's Fair and in Disneyland for so many years. It never feels to send shivers down my spine.

    If anyone could help, thanks.

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    The speech is a composite of several Lincoln delivered: in Baltimore at the Sanitary Fair (April 18, 1864); in Springfield, IL for the Young Men's Lyceum (Jan. 27th, 1858); in Edwardsville, IL (Sept. 11, 1858); in a eulogy honoring Henry Clay (July 6, 1852); and at New York City's Cooper Institute (Feb. 27th, 1860).

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      http://www.everythinglincoln.com/art...ntsspeech.html

      >>Lincoln's Original Speech from "Great Moment's with Mr. Lincoln"

      The following transcript is the speech given by the audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln as heard on the Walt Disney LP, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. It is a compilation of excerpts from four different speeches (links to original speeches provided).

      The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.

      Sanitary Fair Address at Baltimore, April 18, 1864

      What constutes the bulwark of our...liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts,...These are not our reliance against...tyranny...Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

      Speech at Edwardsvill, IL, September 11, 1858

      At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military giant, to step the ocean, and crush us at a blow?

      Never!

      All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined,...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

      At what point then is the danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all times, or die by suicide.

      Young Men's Lyceum Address, January 27, 1838

      Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by the menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves.

      Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

      Cooper Institute Address, February 27, 1860<<

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        WOW great info Merlin.
        Here are the kids at Ford's theater last year. Note the wallpaper in the booth. It's the same as the wallpaper at one of our local hotels





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          If you are a Lincoln fan, you should visit his birthplace in Hodginville, formerly part of Hardin County, Kentucky.

          I visit it many times and love being there.

          I found this interesting site that lets you take a virtual tour through the Abe Lincoln Birthplace National Park and you may find it interesting:
          http://www.nps.gov/archive/abli/ablivcj.htm

          I also found a website for his birthplace that is also very interesting:
          http://www.nps.gov/abli/

          Quotes from the website:
          Did You Know?
          The Knob Creek Farm where the Lincoln family lived from 1811 to 1816 was added to the National Park Service by donation on November 6, 2001. The site was purchased in April 2001 with money raised by several organizations in Kentucky, the National Park Trust, and many others.
          Did You Know?
          The only President to ever be awarded a patent for an original invention was Abraham Lincoln. The patent, No. 6469, had to do with raising and lowering boats over shoals.
          Did You Know?
          Abraham Lincoln’s horse was named Old Bob. Old Bob was in the funeral procession for Lincoln on May 4, 1865. He was d in black with reversed boots at his side in tribute to the President.
          Here is a very interesting webpage that talks about Abe's life living in Knob Creek, Kentucky, site of his childhood home:
          http://www.nps.gov/abli/planyourvisit/boyhood-home.htm

          You should also join the History Lovers Club on Mice Chat Gold if you have yet to do so .

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            Whoever wrote Lincoln's speeches was amazing. I wish people still wrote like that.

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              Originally posted by merlinjones View Post

              At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some trans-Atlantic military giant, to step the ocean, and crush us at a blow?

              Never!

              All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined,...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

              At what point then is the danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves must be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all times, or die by suicide.
              There is also this little snippet in recording I've heard

              Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap--let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs;--let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice
              Lindon's Lyceum speech is one of my favs, when I first heard it in my college U.S Govt. class I was pretty much the only one who cared that it part of it was from the original Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
              :sc:-"Enjoy the rest of your stay here at Disneyland, where all of your dreams come true...well except for two of them, short lines and cheap food.":sc:

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                Originally posted by Datameister View Post
                Whoever wrote Lincoln's speeches was amazing. I wish people still wrote like that.
                I believe Lincoln wrote Lincoln's speeches. It was a different time back then indeed.

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                  Reading that speech again really sent chills up my spine. I do remember it from the old days, but if there is any time to bring it and Lincoln back, it's now. It takes on a whole new meaning especially after 9/11.

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                  • #10
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                    Walt's original version of the show and those selections from Lincoln's speeches are indeed very meaningful and stirring, quite unlike all the PC versions of the show from the early 80's onward.

                    We need to bring it back if only so those words continue to be heard.

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                      I believe Lincoln wrote Lincoln's speeches. It was a different time back then indeed.
                      I'd like to think that he did...:bow:

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