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Giuseppe Garibaldi and Abraham Lincoln

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Abhram Lincoln
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Garibaldi leader of red-shirted volunteers
Fought injustice and tyranny in two hemispheres
Like a dauntless romantic conqueror.
When Lincoln, bogged down in the civil war,
Offered him the command of an army corps
Giuseppe turned down that fighting chance
Because of Abe's weak anti-slavery stance
(Lamberto Bozzi - The Italian Alphabet, 1983)

1863 - Lincoln at Gettysburg

Abhram Lincoln

Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether this nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -we can not consecrate-

We can not hallow -this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract. The world will little note, not long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people , shall not perish from the earth.

Thomas Nast , the American Garibaldian (1840-1902)

In 1860 German-born artist and caricaturist Thomas Nast sailed to Sicily with Giacomo Medici aboard the Washington and met Garibaldi during the Expedition of the Thousand ( actually 1089 volunteers ). Nast marched with the hero all the way from Reggio to Naples. It was he who first used an elephant and a donkey as symbols of the Republican party and the Democratic party.

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