Gettysburg Address Day 2023 is on Sunday, November 19, 2023: what made the Gettysburg address so important in its time ?
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The Gettysburg Address was an unusual speech in its time. Most speeches of the day were very, VERY long and florid. Lincoln, as you may be aware, was NOT the keynote speaker for the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetary. Edward Everett, a noted and much-sought-after orator of the time, delivered the keynote address which, as typical of speeches at that time, went on for TWO. ENTIRE. HOURS. People were there to hear Everett, not the President! And in fact, the President's remarks were so VERY short and concise, and so quickly delivered, that many people weren't even aware that Lincoln had spoken and was finished - they thought he was just fiddling with his notes! Many listeners thought that the President had been disrespectful to the assembled guests by being so brief in his remarks, yet Everett himself was humbled and recognized the genius in Lincoln's short speech.
Lincoln was a master craftsman with language, and he was able to deliver well-honed, mellifluous yet brief speeches that perfectly conveyed his point.
Lincolns' speech recognized the importance of the Civil War in the effort to preserve our (at that time) young and fragile Union.
What is the Gettysburg Address and who was in it?
the Gettysburg Address was a speech by Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in U.S. history. it was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.
Abraham Lincoln's carefully crafted address, secondary to other presentations that day, came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. in just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant.
beginning with the now-iconic phrase "four score and seven years ago...", Lincoln referred to the events of the Civil War and described the ceremony at Gettysburg as an opportunity not only to consecrate the grounds of a cemetery, but also to dedicate the living to the struggle to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".
despite the speech's prominent place in the history and popular culture of the United States, the exact wording of the speech is disputed. the five known manuscripts of the Gettysburg Address differ in a number of details and also differ from contemporary newspaper reprints of the speech.
On June 1, 1865, Senator Charles Sumner commented on what is now considered the most famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln. In his eulogy on the slain president, he called it a "monumental act." He said Lincoln was mistaken that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here." Rather, the Bostonian remarked, "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."
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. 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.
This occasion was an important opportunity for the President to honor all those who given their lives during the Battle as well as to have his thoughts about the war made known. The Battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) on July 1-3, 1863 was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Many historians consider it one of the turning points of the War. The Union North and Confederate South lost more than 7,000 men during the three-day battle. The process of burying the dead was overwhelming.