Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Max Harmon

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, was a great man. He even wrote one speech, lasting two minutes, following one that lasted two hours, and left the same impact as the other guy did. “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…” This makes me feel that 87 years ago in their eyes, they were united as one. Now they are turned against each other in a civil war. When he then said, “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and dedicated, can long endure”, it makes me feel that he is just waiting for one side to give up or win so this whole war will blow over for the history books and he as a president cannot do much about it. Almost makes me feel that the war is pointless. He then said, “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but they can never forget what they did here.” This to me means that Lincoln is giving respect for all of those that have died and that their actions speak louder than his own words. The second half means that it isn’t only the states that will remember this but the world will remember this battle. This speech was and still is one of the best in our nation and it always will. Max Harmon Fisher High School Fisher, IL