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
|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
|The world will little
note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they
|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 --
government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish
from the earth.
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