Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Eras In U.S. History) for Wednesday, May 17, 2017:
On April 11, 1865 Abraham Lincoln spoke of “the mode, manner, and means of” this, which he would not live to see
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|Holly Cannon, a high school chemistry teacher from Klein, Texas
||Michael Camp, a high school Spanish teacher from Chicago, Illinois
||Mary Parker, a high school French & English teacher from Rogers, Arkansas
What is Reconstruction?
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The speech was Abraham Lincoln’s last public address, which occurred two days after Lee’s surrender ended the U.S. Civil War. In it, Lincoln said:
By these recent successes the re-inauguration of the national authority — reconstruction — which has had a large share of thought from the first, is pressed much more closely upon our attention. It is fraught with great difficulty. Unlike a case of a war between independent nations, there is no authorized organ for us to treat with. No one man has authority to give up the rebellion for any other man. We simply must begin with, and mould from, disorganized and discordant elements. Nor is it a small additional embarrassment that we, the loyal people, differ among ourselves as to the mode, manner, and means of reconstruction.
White supremacist John Wilkes Booth, in the audience for the speech, vowed that it would be Lincoln’s last, and proceeded to assassinate Lincoln less than a week later at Ford’s Theatre.
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