The Gettysburg Address

Category: Television

The Gettysburg AddressOn April 15, 2014, PBS will air a new movie. Ken Burns’ The Address is about a school in Vermont in which all students are assigned the task of learning the famous Gettysburg Address. The movie focuses not only on the words but the meaning of this famous, yet very short, speech.

 

Take the challenge yourself and also with your family. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of this speech. Learn The Gettysburg Address, understand Lincoln’s words, and gain more understanding of the man and how he put together a short speech (269 words) that has meant so much to the history of this country.

 

Go to www.learntheaddress.org to listen to others who have taken the challenge.

 

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.

 

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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 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 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 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, 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.

 

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