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we're live at book expo america in new york city where the publishing industry showcases upcoming books. in the beginning of june we're live for the three-hour-live in-depth program the pulitzer prize winning author lawrence wright, and 4 phone calls. watch for the roosevelt reading festival from the frankly d. roosevelt presidential library. in july live at the harlem book fair, the nation's flagship african-american literary event with author interviews and panel discussions. and at the beginning of september we're live from the nation's capital for theonal book festival celebrating its 15th year. that's a few of the events this summer on c-span2's "book tv." on april 13th 1865, a day before his assassination, president lincoln left the white house on horseback for his cottage retreat in northwest washington, d.c. this would be lincoln's last ride to the cottage before he was shot at ford's theater by john wilkes booth.
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to mark the ride's anniversary lincoln's cottage hosted a horseback procession along the route and held a wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of their statue of lincoln and his horse. this is 15 minutes.
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>> welcome, everyone to president lincoln's cottage. please be seated. today is the 150th anniversary of lincoln's last ride from the white house to the soldier's home. this was a ride that was very familiar to him. he first rode out a few days after his inauguration, and he
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retraced those roads daily while he lived here at the cottage. he last rode out the day before his fateful visit to ford's theater. tomorrow our country will mark lincoln's death but today we celebrate his life. we celebrate the profound and lasting impact of his ideas and his values. he himself said that if his name ever goes into history it will be for that act, the emancipation proclamation. we celebrate his eagerness to hear and understand divergent perspectives. the neighborhoods along that commute route offer that diversity to lincoln and offer us wonderful diversity today. we celebrate the hope that lincoln had for the future. above all his last ride to the seasonal's home reminds us that he was enjoying the present, he was mindful of the past, and eagerly looking ahead to the future. thank you for joining us on this fine day. as you might imagine, retracing president lincoln's ride by
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horseback is a bit of an undertaking and we are pleased to be joined in our efforts by mayor muriel buser the ft. myer caisson plat toon, affordable farm services, incorporated, garrett peck, the washington friends of walt whitman, the rainbow history project of washington, d.c., bruce monroe, elementary school at parkview the crew of the "uss abraham lincoln," d.c. public library, the d.c. film office and of course the metropolitan police department. at this point we need to diverge from our program because mayor bowser has been held up by a budget hearing. but i'd also like to offer a special thanks to all of the staff of president lincoln's cottage who helped in this effort especially millry mowson michelle walk, who walked the entire commute route today. i am delighted now to introduce bonnie j. morris who's in her
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20th year on the faculty of the women's studies program at george washington university and teaches part-time at georgetown university as well. after earning a bachelor's in jewish history from american university where she was the first student to minor in women's studies, she completed her ph.d. in 1989. she soon joined the faculty of have vard divinity school and has taught semester at sea twice. in winter 2012 gw students voted her professor of the year. published else says in over 60 an thol gys and wrote a one-woman play performed in seven countries. she's worked for 14 years with mother tongue d.c.'s spoken word stage for women. her publications have been finalists for the lambda literally water. won stories for james hill's press, nob hill. she's appeared on c-span "book tv," won a ten-day residency at
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the hedgebrook retreat for women writers. the rainbow history project collects, preserves and promotes an active knowledge of the history, arts and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in the metropolitan washington, d.c. area. dr. morris will be reciting "o captain my captain" by walt whitman. please join me in welcoming dr. morris. >> thank you so much. good afternoon to you. thank you very much for coming out on this solemn occasion. o captain, my captain" by walt whitman. o captain, my captain our fearful trip is done. the ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won. the port is near, the bells i hear the people all exulting. while follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring. but o heart heart, heart.
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o the bleeding drops of red whereon the deck my captain lies fallen, cold and dead. o captain my captain. rise up and hear the bells. rise up for you the influencing is flung, for you the bugle trills for you bouquets and ribbon wreaths, for you the shores are crowding, for you they call the swaying mass, their eager faces turning. here captain dear father this arm beneath your head it is some dream that on the deck you've fallen cold and dead. my captain does not answer. his lips are pale and still. my father does not feel my arm. he has no pulse nor will. this ship is anchored safe and sound. its voyage closed and done. from fearful trip the victor's ship comes in with object won.
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exult o shores and ring o bells but i with mournful tread walk the deck my captain lies fallen, cold, and dead. >> thank you. we will now be changing the program yet again. mayor bowser extends her regrets but she got pulled into yet another meeting. so we will now welcome garrett peck up to the front and he will be reading the essay that walt whitman wrote, "i see the president." >> this comes from an article walt whitman wrote for the new york times on august 12th 1863, "washington in the hot season." and walt lived here in d.c. since the beginning of the year and found a lodging close to the white house. he wrote this article for the
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"new york times." he became so proud of this particular article so he kept republishing it. he published it in memoranda during the war and later on in "spes man days." he wrote i see the president almost every day as i happen to live where he passes to or from his lodgings out of town. he never sleeps at the white house during the hot season but has quarters at a healthy location some three miles north of the city. the soldier's home. the united states military establishment. i saw him this morning about 8:30 coming into business, riding on vermont avenue near l street. he always has a company of 25 or 30 cavalry with sabers drawn and held upright over their shoulders. they say this guard was against his personal wish. but he lets his counselors have their way. the party makes no great show in uniform or horses. mr. lincoln is on the saddle, generally rides a good-sized
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easy-going gray horse, is dressed in plain black, somewhat rusty and dusty. wears a black, stiff hat and looks about as ordinary in attire and et cetera as the commonest man. i see very plainly abraham lincoln's dark brown face with the deep-cut lines, the eyes. always to me with a deep, latent sadness in the expression. we have got so that we exchange bows and very cordial ones. none of the artists or pictures has caught the deep, the subtle and indirect expression of this man's face. there is something else there. one of the great portrait painters of two or three centuries ago is needed. thank you. >> i always have to pause on those hines where whitman says there is something else there. because i think that's still true. we're still learning so much more about lincoln today.
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so it's not even about capturing the man visually but really about understanding who lincoln was as a person and the ideas that meant so much to him and how we all together have a role to play in finishing lincoln's unfinished work. we will conclude the program today with a wreath heave-laying with the crew of the "uss abraham lincoln." thank you. >> "uss abraham lincoln." attention.
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>> i'd once again like to thank the riders of the ft. myers caisson plat toon, the goshen hunt club, the crew of the "uss abraham lincoln," as well as dr. morris and mr. peck for joining us all today. thank you all. i hope this was a memorable day for you as it was for us. thank you.
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