Lincoln and His Five Versions of the Gettysburg Address


Lincoln, Gettysburg, and the Library of Congress: Bringing legacy alive

As its name suggests, the Library of Congress was founded for use by members of Congress. It was Thomas Jefferson’s idea, as he thought the Congressional representatives would benefit from reading. In fact, Jefferson’s personal library is one of the institution’s bedrocks.

But the Library of Congress is also America’s library. Both visitors and scholars are welcome in this awe–inspiring library, the world’s largest, with more than 151 million items.

Among them are the Lincoln Papers, which Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, gave to the Library. (In the Spielberg Lincoln film, Robert is the one desperate to go off to war.) The Library also houses the papers of John Nicolay and a portion of the papers of John Hay. Nicolay and Hay were Lincoln’s young private secretaries.

In addition to the two handwritten versions of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, another priceless piece of history that the Library of Congress holds is Lincoln’s draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. The ratification of the proclamation as an amendment to the Constitution is hotly contested in the Spielberg Lincoln film.

A publishing partnership with Levenger

For the book Long Remembered, Levenger Press worked with the Library of Congress under the auspices of Levenger’s Partnering for Good program . The Library receives a portion of each sale of the Long Remembered  book.

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At Levenger, we consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to partner with the Library, the keeper of so much of the American legacy.


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