Marty, Martin E., National Humanities Medal, 1997
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural address
"I'd choose a copy of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural as the one
artifact or idea to preserve for people who, long from now, would want to
find out about what 'we' were at our best. This speech encapsulates what I as a scholar of American history and religion thinks is the best fusion of politics, faith, and hope."
President Lincoln, "...With malice toward none; with charity for all;
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 lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."