150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

This article was written by Carlos and edited by Stephen.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, a two minute speech given by our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, in 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 that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield 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.”

Above is Lincoln’s historic speech in which he speaks of the great Civil War our country was engaged in during the time of slavery, and the division caused by that. The North believed that slavery should be abolished and that the slaves should be set free, and the South believed that slavery was right and that the situation should stay the way that it was. This, among other issues, caused the country to separate and split into two. Lincoln spoke of how the country would get through the tough time it was in and that Americans should not give up hope. Because of Lincoln and the North’s victory over the South in the war, slavery in America was now abolished. People no longer are bought and sold as possessions of monetary value. People have all their rights and are treated equal as man.

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One thought on “150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

  1. Thank you for posting this, Carlos. Every time I read this speech (and I re-read it every time I visit the Lincoln Memorial) I get chills. It is so well stated, such a quietly powerful speech. And the ending–those words could not be more famous, right?

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