You know that old saying, "truth is stranger than fiction"? Well, there's a reason why people say that.

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It would be a waste of time to give a biographical rundown of Abraham Lincoln considering the video attached to this story is an filthy recap of his most famous speech, but it's worth getting serious for a second.

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After the 2016 election, America seems to be increasingly divided. With social, economic, and political issues coming to a head across the country, it is hard to feel as though our 50 states are truly united in anything other than name. On this day, 153 years ago, however, President Abraham Lincoln addressed the nation with this Thanksgiving proclamation: A message of hope, one we could all use today.

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We all know that if Abraham Lincoln rose from the dead, he would grab a battle-ax and get back to work hunting vampires, because they killed his mother. But would he also take the time to pen a scathing letter to President Obama, critiquing his policy toward the tyrannical regime of Kim Jong Un? North Korea seems to think so.  

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In the wake of the Civil War, there were many legacies left by Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, with the abolition of slavery and the foundation of a national American identity at the front of most people’s lists.

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On August 22, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln addressed the Union soldiers of the 166th Ohio Regiment as they passed through Washington, D.C. It was three years into the Civil War and during this time Lincoln had gained a reputation for giving memorable speeches to Union troops.

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