Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Ryan Cole

Throughout the course of American history, many great presidential speeches have been made, such as; JFK’s inaugural speech, FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech, Theodore Roosevelt's “The Man with the Muck Rake” speech, Woodrow Wilson’s War Message, but the one I find greatest and most inspirational is Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. In the time of this great speech our country was stricken with turmoil due to the ongoing civil war. This speech involved a lot of bravery; he was giving it to many people who wanted him dead as much as they wanted him alive. To put it into an understandable circumstance would be, two very big men are in the middle of a fight and you break up the fight. This is just a smaller version of what really happened with the Gettysburg Address, there was a civil war between the North and the South and Abraham Lincoln stepped in between the two, and with pure courage and bravery stopped the fighting. What I find greatest about this speech is that it is the most pivotal and important speech in American history and yet Abraham Lincoln addressed it as his “little speech”. Looking at all we have today as America I really notice that without his “little speech”, we would be nowhere near as great as a country as we are today. By abolishing slavery in America, and through the speaking of his “little speech”, America as a country has been opened up to many more opportunities then what we had from the beginning of our country. This “little speech” has changed everything and I believe it has changed for the better. Ryan Cole Fisher High School Fisher, IL