“Now the old men are folding their arms and going to sleep,” said William H. Seward while campaigning for Lincoln, “and the young men are Wide Awake.”
Theories abound. Historian William H. Lambert considers the origin of the address and the mythology surrounding its composition.
Was Abraham Lincoln's the most tumultuous presidential transition in American history?
Actress Laura Keene's role on the night of Lincoln's assassination is shrouded in myth.