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Reconstruction of the South

Reconstruction of the South
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J. L. Giles, active c. 1861 - 1881
Copy after
Horatio Bateman
Francis Ratellier
John Caldwell Calhoun, 18 Mar 1782 - 31 Mar 1850
Daniel Webster, 18 Jan 1782 - 24 Oct 1852
Robert Edward Lee, 19 Jan 1807 - 12 Oct 1870
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Horace Greeley, 3 Feb 1811 - 29 Nov 1872
Jefferson Davis, 3 Jun 1808 - 6 Dec 1889
Lithograph on paper
Image: 50.1 x 64.3cm (19 3/4 x 25 5/16")
Sheet: 57.5 x 74.2cm (22 5/8 x 29 3/16")
Mat (horizontal): 78.7 x 91.4cm (31 x 36")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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This allegorical lithograph, published two years after the end of the Civil War, symbolically depicts the idealism of which President Lincoln spoke in the peroration of his second inaugural address:
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.
Esta litografía alegórica, publicada dos años después de la Guerra Civil, plasma de manera simbólica el ideal que expresó el presidente Lincoln en su segundo discurso de instalación:
Sin malicia para nadie, con caridad para todos, con firmeza para lo justo como Dios nos lo hace ver, apresurémonos a terminar la tarea que tenemos ante nos, a curar las heridas de la nación, a cuidar a los que lucharon, a las viudas y los huérfanos, a hacer todo lo posible por lograr y mantener una paz justa y perdurable entre nosotros y con todas las naciones.
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