Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Caisa Rausch

Seven score and ten years ago a speech was written to inspire the Union army to continue fighting for the great cause of freedom. This speech was given by one of the greatest Presidents, and one who had one of the hardest jobs. Trying to keep the Union together. How is it possible that one speech could hold together a nation? Simply by being honest. “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” The work left to be done was the end of a war unwanted. The simple speech was given to remind the Union why they must fight, and why it was so important to ensure the freedom of the people, by the people, and for the people. It was written to create a fresh spirit of Patriotism that would push a forward to create a new Nation under God and indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Though Mr. Lincoln thought his words would not be remembered, they have echoed through the generations and have reminded us of the great sacrifice they have given to the cause of liberty. These words give hope that those who have died, no matter what era, have not wasted their lives. That the pursuit of freedom is an honorable cause worth fighting for. To this day we are tested to see if we can endure. To this day we must hold to the promise of Lincoln’s words and be a single nation, under God. One that continually reserves the rights to freedom for every single person. Carisa Rausch