The Gettysburg Address: Then and Now

I believe that the Gettysburg Address is one of the greatest speeches ever written.(IC) It was written by  Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President on November 19, 1863.(IC) This speech has a lot of meaning to it and to me.(IC) Lincoln talks about the principles of human equality.(IC) I believe Lincoln wrote the speech to uphold and encourage the spirits of the weary soldiers in his army.(IC) Lincoln was very specific and delicate with his tone in order to encourage the weak, acknowledge the deceased, and motivate the detoured.(CD) Lincoln begins his speech by speaking about the past in which the founding fathers established this country in equality.(IC) “Fourscore and seven years ago, out fathers brought fourth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” That is very important because that was exact opposite of what was going on in this country during that time.(CD) America, in the late 1800s was a time of slavery.(IC) That was one of the main reasons the Civil War was declared.(IC) Lincoln then continues to speak of how the war being fought was a test to the nation.(IC) “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing weather that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” Lincoln used the word “we” several times in his speech to promote unity. (IC)

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