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The Gettysburg Address

Thursday, November 19, 1863.

Today is the one hundred and fortieth anniversary of the dedication of the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, having been the occasion also of Abraham Lincoln's delivery of his renowned Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln by Alexander Gardner, November 8, 1863
Lincoln by Alexander Gardner, November 8, 1863

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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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it 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 can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
(Transcript of the "Hay Draft" of the Gettysburg Address)

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Crowd at Gettysburg
Crowd at Gettysburg

(Source at American Memory)

Peter Schramm provides testimony, Oct. 23, to the enduring, worldwide importance of Lincoln's words:

The Hungarian Revolution against the Soviets and Communism of 1956 started on October 23, 1956.... By circa November 4th, the Soviets decided to move and that was that. The last free Hungarian radio station (maybe it lived until the 6th or 9th, I canít remember) spent its last hours broadcasting the Gettysburg Address in seven languages, follow[ed] by S.O.S....

See also "A Few Appropriate Remarks".

P.S. Sed Contra also notes the anniversary.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Wed. 11/19/03 06:53:29 AM
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