Was President Lincoln too nice to the South? Would the U.S. have been better off, and its current politics less intransigent, if only Abe had been more brutally honest? One historian thinks so. But he’s far from the majority on a day when filmmaker Ken Burns believes every U.S. citizen should recite the speech. Don’t worry if you’re boss might look at you funny for playing Lincoln at your desk — listening to NPR’s recitation surely counts.