Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Emily Azpell

“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.” Seven score and ten years ago, or 150 years ago, Lincoln said these words, also known as the start of the Gettysburg Address. November 19th marks the 150th anniversary of the speech. It was one of the most important speeches in US history. Our country is a country of freedom, liberty, and equality. The Gettysburg Address represents our country for how we can overcome anything. This speech was written by Lincoln to uplift and inspire the soldiers of the Union to never give up. The Gettysburg Address reminded the soldiers of their strength and to keep fighting under their powerful nation’s name. Lincoln was honoring the ones who died defending the Union. President Lincoln’s speech, coming at a very critical time during the civil war, served as a foundation for how future leaders of our great nation would need to speak to US citizens and military during major crisis times. A more recent example of leaders knowing it is important to speak to the people about encouragement was 9/11. “But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.” –George W. Bush. Even though our country was attacked, Bush spoke about how America is strong and powerful. Present day presidents speak to their nation about perseverance. The Gettysburg Address was the start to the inspiration.