Lead: In his Second Inaugural, Abraham Lincoln gently celebrated the emerging Union triumph and then pointed the way to national reconciliation.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and A Moment in Time with Jamestown - Journey of Democracy, tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

Content: In the despairing summer of 1864 President Lincoln had been resolved to serving only a single term. The horrendous casualties of the Wilderness Campaign had sent northern public morale spiraling downward. The fall of Atlanta in September, however, restored national confidence in Lincoln’s leadership and he was re-elected with overwhelming numbers in the Electoral College. This broad-based support and the slowly constricting Union clamp on the Confederacy’s options pointed to the imminent end of the war.

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