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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

 

The Gettysburg Address


 
The Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, PA on November 19, 1863, is perhaps the most famous speech ever given. Although short in duration, its words command a special place in our great nation's history.

The Gettysburg Address changed the way that most Americans interpreted the "all men are created equal" phrase in the Declaration Of Independence - for the first time that equality officially extended to ALL men, regardless of race - including former slaves. It can even be argued that the Gettysburg Address made the civil rights movement of the 1960's possible.

Here is the entire text of The Gettysburg Address...


The Gettysburg Address

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 that 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 poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor 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.
 

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