Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Sammy Head

The Gettysburg Address was a short respectful speech that was to the point and historically important. The address was given at the lowest point in time in the United States history during the Civil War where 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured, or went missing. Lincoln gave the war-weary public this important address to ease tension of the people. He only refers to the Union no one in specific and how it needs to preserved, this would be solved by democracy. Lincoln states, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to proposition that all men are created equal,” this first sentence of the address explains the principles of the constitution related to problems that led to the Civil War. These words can still be related to the conflicts of the United States are fighting against today like Syria or the invasion of Iraq. The Unites States needs to continue fighting for what our founding fathers brought forth. Another example is, “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…and that government of the people…by the people…for the people…shall not parish from the earth,” Lincoln was referring to the nation divided by state’s rights, party politics, abolitionist, and economics. Just like today we need to believe in our government officials. Abraham’s address wasn’t just about the war it was also about the future of the Unites States and gave a new hope for all people. The speech gave them new hope of no more fighting and for us to learn from our mistakes in the past. Sammy Head Fisher High School Fisher, IL