Gettysburg Address, 150 years later

Gettysburg Address, 150 years later

Gettysburg Address, 150 years later

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by Associated Press and KGW Staff

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Posted on November 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 6:42 PM

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- People around the country Tuesday were revisiting a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered.

Lincoln wasn't even the keynote speaker that day. Former Massachusetts Governor Edward Everett preceded Lincoln with a two-hour speech. What came to be know as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address took about two minutes.

Click for the New York Times 1963 report on the address

The inspirational and famously short address (in its entirety below) was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of freedom, liberty and justice amid a Civil War that had torn the country into pieces.

In honor of the anniversary, the Google Cultural institute has posted all five known handwritten copies of the address (and an explanation of why there are five copies).

Click here for more

The Associated Press has offered an interactive look at how that short speech changed history:

Parade 10-question Quiz: How well do you know the Gettysburg Address?

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 battle field of that war; we are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting place of 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 cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. 

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or to 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 that they have thus far so nobly carried on. It is rather for us here to be 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 the dead shall not have died in vain. That the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that the government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 

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