Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Aaron Carter

The Gettysburg Address is one of, if not the most, important speeches ever written. President Lincoln captures the audience and persuades them in the right direction with the ideas of democracy and keeping the union together. Throughout his entire speech, he never mentions “the South” or talks down about any party in the war. He knows that to keep the nation together, he must be respectful, and he does this by referring to them as “the Union.” He reminds all of us that it is very important that “the Union” win the Civil War. The war was much more than just a battle for slavery. It was a struggle for freedom and equality for all. Lincoln mentions in his speech that the nation was founded in liberty and equality, and that the war is testing those principles. He reminds them about all the men who fought and died--45,000 to be accurate--to keep the Union together, and to preserve the liberty and equality the nation was founded upon. He also makes the point that the people still living and fighting in the war, must dedicate themselves even further to the freedom and equality those men died for. They gave their lives for freedom, and they won’t die in vain. Another thing that makes the Address such an important document, is that the battle of Gettysburg was one of the lowest points in American history. With over 45,000 casualties, it was the single bloodiest battle of the whole war. Lincoln does a beautiful job of getting his point across, and reminding the nation how critical freedom and democracy are to the Union. Aaron Carter Fisher High School Fisher,IL