Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Courtney Delaney

The Gettysburg address was given at a tragic time. The Civil War had very high death tolls and the worst part was that this war was between a country divided within itself. There are different ways you can look at this famous speech given by President Lincoln on November 19, 1863. One way, is looking at it as the beginning of a great healing process. When Lincoln says “—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”, it’s his way of saying that relations between the states will mend over time and everyone will continue on as one. In the Gettysburg address Lincoln states how there is unfinished work now that the soldiers have done the fighting. By this I think what Lincoln is suggesting is how the soldiers have advanced this disagreement but in the end the country still needs to continue to be dedicated toward making everything peaceful again. This just goes to show how great of a president Lincoln was. He was always saying how the United States was all one, the Confederacy never split from the Union. Him reinforcing this idea was important during a time when there was chaos between the states, he wanted peace among all. The Gettysburg address seems like that peaceful message that needed to be given to reassure the nation. Lincoln saying those 272 words was his way of starting the healing process, maybe he didn’t realize it at the time but that speech has made a huge impact on us today. If that speech hadn’t been given maybe the states would’ve never healed together as a nation again. Courtney Delaney Fisher High School Fisher, IL