Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Claire Reedy

“Fourscore and seven years ago” Lincoln started off his remarkably memorable speech, with a score meaning 20, therefore fourscore being 80 plus seven, so 87 years from when we became a nation. Lincoln’s moving speech gave a light of hope during this dark time. Lincoln waited for two hours and eight minutes while Everett gave his speech. Although Lincoln’s speech was short, with a time span of less than 3 minutes it still sparked passion in the eyes of the nation. Lincoln didn’t need a long speech to move the nation. Lincoln wrote his speech dedicating it to the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was his tribute to the Union soldiers who gave their lives for union and equality. But, it had a much deeper meaning to the rest of the nation. Lincoln had no idea how famous his short and quickly prepared speech would be, as he says in his speech, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here,” but year after year it’s still remembered and treasured. Lincoln had large ideals and beliefs, which he stuck to even when they weren’t favored. Lincoln takes freedom to the next level, not only should blacks not be slaves, but they should be equal, they deserve rights. Lincoln uses repetition and rhythm in the Gettysburg Address speech given on November 19th, 1863. This being sevenscore and ten years ago as of this year the 150th anniversary. I don’t think any citizen can disagree that Abraham Lincoln conquered phenomenal things and was the best president that this nation has had. Claire Reedy Liberty High School