The Gettysburg Address ...

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The Gettysburg Address ...

Postby GamesPoet » Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:17 pm

Its the 150th anniversary of the speech ... and here it is in its entirety ...

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 battlefield 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. 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 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. 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 gave the last full measure of devotion—that 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.

It strikes at the heart of what the nation was founded upon going back to 1776's Declaration of Independence to begin with, and then moves on to recognize what has really happened at that place, the graves of thousands of soldiers nearby to where it is being given, and then urges the completion of this process in favor of the Union's preservation moving forward from here. Brief only in its length, and not in its glory.
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Re: The Gettysburg Address ...

Postby Cardinal Hawkwood » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:10 pm

Right..you got the Puritans and we got the convicts.
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Re: The Gettysburg Address ...

Postby GamesPoet » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:12 am

History is a lovely thing.

Regarding the Gettysburg Address ... there are actually a number of different versions, and its not known for sure exactly which one was presented, yet in a way, not sure how much that matters. Its the message that the Union as a whole received from it that was key. The idea that its brevity might have been intentional, in so that the message that Lincoln wanted to have the press provide would be only that with which he provided, and could do so in its entirety because of its briefness, is by itself genius. Lincoln seems to have been a master at providing political messages, and his ability to communicate in such a fashion to shape what might be printed to move opinions and the war forward is something I've only begun to realize, and suspect I've only only scratched the surface of his efforts in this area.
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