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This Week in History

August 21, 1858
Lincoln participates in the first Lincoln-Douglas debate in Ottawa, Illinois.

August 26, 1863
President Lincoln sends a now-famous letter to a Springfield friend to read at a Union rally.

August 27, 1858
The second Lincoln-Douglas debate is held in Freeport, Illinois.

Today in Lincoln's Life

Lincoln's Words
"The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us."
--Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861

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