Heading up to the podium standing tall and proud, yet humble, walks President Abraham Lincoln. He looks calm and collected even though he’s about to give a dedication speech. He has been waiting for two hours while Edward Everett gave his speech at Gettysburg. He clears his throat, the crowd falls silent and Lincoln begins to speak some of the most famous words in history, “Four score and seven years ago…” the Gettysburg Address has begun.
When the Gettysburg Address was originally given, no one knew the impact it would’ve. Was it a dedication to the fallen soldiers from the war? Or was it something deeper? A plea for a resolution to the strife of war was called for by Lincoln in his address, “…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
Lincoln had a brilliant mind. So when he gave this address, he knew the message that he wanted to say, “…that these dead shall not have died in vain.” Our nation had to wake up and come to terms with what it had done to itself. He believed that the Civil War was a test that our nation had to endure to become stronger.
President Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Would our nation have fallen had we not reunited after the Civil War? Without Lincoln, it may’ve. Today Lincolns’ speeches are the basis for many historical discussions. Abraham Lincoln’s writing is exceptional due to his use of repetition and key words used to emotionally draw the reader in, while at the same time being straight forward with its’ message.
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