The Gettysburg Address

Four months after the great battle at Gettysburg, the battlefield was established as a cemetery for the soldiers who fell there.  President Lincoln was asked to speak at the ceremony which opened the cemetery.  On November 19, 1863, he gave the short speech that became known as the Gettysburg Address. 

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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.
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...
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.
...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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