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Robert Ingersoll of Illinois, America's foremost orator in the late nineteenth century (and politician, and agnostic), delivered his "Abraham Lincoln" lecture more than 70 times across the country. People paid a dollar apiece to attend his lectures.

To celebrate and commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, I excerpted the lecture, which runs to 51 pages, in a booklet I designed and printed by letterpress (using Garamont, a typeface designed by another of Illinois' sons, Frederic Goudy).

In the text after the fold, readers may discern parallels to still another of Illinois' sons.

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[Composed in the early hours of Election Day, before I crossed the Mississippi to help the Obama GOTV effort from his Cherokee Street office in south St. Louis. I listened, enthralled, to Obama’s victory speech; it appears that both he and I have been re-reading Lincoln. — A proud Illinoisan]

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 02:44 PM PDT

St. Louis Loves Barack Obama

by Libertas Liberque

100,000 supporters show our love! (Without my wife and me, it would only have been 99,998.)

It was a beautiful, Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL day in St. Louis ...

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