Monday, November 11, 2013

Gettysburg Address- 150

“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.”  One hundred and fifty years ago on a November 19th, wearing his black suit, tall silk hat and white gloves, Lincoln started his address with that line. In just 272 words, he described his vision for “a new birth of freedom” for America. In his eloquent style, our 16th president reminded those present, and those of us today, of the hard work of our forefathers, and he challenged all Americans to live that dream. Today, the Gettysburg Address is considered one of the greatest speeches of all time. President Lincoln was wrong when he said, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here…” We do remember and will continue to, long after today. We have a wealth of publications on Abraham Lincoln which shed new or merely refocused light on all that is already known about the man. Even today he provides insight and inspiration for the world.

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