Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address

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Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address History remembers Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest leaders. He has made many significant contributions to the history of the United States and is considered one of the greatest presidents. He sacrificed himself for what he believed in, even if it meant starting a war against his own country. He believed in equality for everyone and that all men were created equal. As president he is best remembered for leading the Union through the Civil War and freeing Confederate slaves with the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and for delivering the Gettysburg Address, the most famous oration in American history, on 19 November 1863. But out of all of them, his greatest contribution was the Gettysburg …show more content…
Despite his struggles in life and the background he came from, he did the best he could for his nation and shown people that they can overcome any obstacles if you set your mind to it. “From crude, disadvantaged beginnings, he somehow recognized significant capabilities within himself and nurtured a determination to succeed.”(Abraham Lincoln, George McGovern)
His famous Gettysburg Address was delivered on November 19, 1693, at the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg , Pennsylvania . A wealthy attorney, David Wills, was planning to dedicate the cemetery to those who lost their lives fighting in the Civil War, and invited Lincoln to be a guest speaker at the ceremony. He paid tribute to the American soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, a turning point in the Civil War, but he also gave a new meaning, a broader definition, to the Civil War. He called it a “new birth of freedom” and related the principles behind the Declaration of Independence of freedom and equality. These were the principles on which America was founded, and he emphasized that they should not forget them.
The speech began as “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…” meaning he believed that the creation of the US was designed for freedoms of
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