|The Gettysburg Address|
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Description/Abstract: News Display: The Gettysburg Address, Thursday, 11/19
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The Gettysburg Address, Thursday, 11/19
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
(Abraham Lincoln Online)
Delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863, the Gettysburg Address is one of greatest and most famous speeches in American history. Lincoln referred to the events of the Civil War and redefined the purpose of the Union in fighting it.
The Gottesman Libraries will feature newspaper stories that document the history and significance of the Gettysburg Address.
For drafts of the Gettysburg Address, Lincolnís invitation to Gettysburg, photograph of Lincoln, and more information please visit the Library of Congress exhibition.