What is it about?
Evidence hidden in plain sight for over a century suggests that the actor Edwin Forrest gave a speech that influenced Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg Address.
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Why is it important?
This article broadens our understanding of the influence of performance on antebellum American life, and offers that rare thing, potentially new understanding of Lincoln, increasing appreciation of his legacy.
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This page is a summary of: From Broadway Tabernacle to the Gettysburg Battlefield: Did Edwin Forrest Influence Abraham Lincoln?, Theatre Survey, December 2014, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s004055741400057x.
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