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Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln

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The Gettysburg Address is the most famous speech of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in United States history. It was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Lincoln's Gettysburg Address,
given November 19, 1863
on the battlefield near
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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 on a great battlefield of that war.

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Community Reviews

I am not American, so I was not familiar with this before reading it today and I truly understand its enduring measure. It is beautiful and inspiring.

Penguin Great Ideas: 8/100, Series Four: 2/10

I so fucking love Lincoln's speeches and everything else about him.

Worthy evasions and delusions. If America were as it imagines, there would have been no civil war.

I first had to read and memorize this speech while in high school. At that time there was no way I understood the full meaning and importance of this speech. Over the years I have read it many other times and it has come to mean so much more. It is one of the best and most important speeches ever...more

Abraham Lincoln was an amazing man, and an amazing President. In today's political climate it is interesting to go back and read his words.

I would like to respond to the unkind and unfair comments that the liberal press have made concerning Mr. Trump's recent speech, which they claim was plagiarized from President Lincoln's immortal words. There is absolutely no truth in these accusations. First, however much one may admire Lincoln,...more

لینکلن در این سخنرانی که در محل یکی از نبردهای خونین میان شمال و جنوب - در جنگ داخلی - ارائه شده به دلاوری های جنگجویان اشاره و بر پیگیری آرمان های آنها - یعنی حکومتی مردمی که در آن همه ی آدمیان در آن ارزشی یکسان داشته باشند - تأکید می کند

I had to memorize this in school *frowns*, but even though I was reluctant and complained and fussed...
I can't help admitting that part of me loved it. The words, the sweetly powerful way they were arranged, the flow of the sentences and the love behind those words...it was all so amazing, so bea...more

Current Review 2019 (a previous review below):

How this review came into being. I read this address in advance of reading Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills. I read the address from Address>Wikisource. At this website are listed various drafts of the speech. I c...more

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, the first and featured speaker, Edward Everett, spoke for two hours. Abraham Lincoln then stood and spoke for about two minutes, and with 260 words gave what many consider the greatest speech in American history.

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