Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Chandler Broadwater

Through Abraham Lincoln’s speech, Gettysburg Address, he conveys the message that all men are in fact created equally and good men died in order for us to have our freedom and yet we are to striping other men of their freedom. As Lincoln explains to us in his address, that we started fighting for all men to have equal rights in the United States and we haven’t completed that task, thus us stripping these slaves of their equality and freedom. This speech redefined the Civil War. He propagated the struggle of the rebirth of freedom and people's power over the state. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the civil war, making the town a burial ground for over 7500 soldiers. The surviving family members welcomed the respite in Lincoln's address at the consecration of the 17 acres of cemetery. The Gettysburg Address actually was not a success at the time. Lincoln had effectively made the people aware of their rights and declared the government answerable to the people. He redefined democracy as an independent offshoot of citizen will and not some property of the state legislatures. The political orator stylistically delivered the address to consistently initiate inquiry and political shift, even after his death. His belief in the power of a democratic form of government sparked numerous varying interpretations. Through this speech, he invoked the principles of human equality contained in the Declaration of Independence and connected the sacrifices of the Civil War with the desire for "a new birth of freedom," as well as the all-important preservation of the Union created in 1776 and its ideal of self-government. Chandler Broadwater