Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Eli Henderson

All men are created equal. While this is the basis for America, it was never more important than during the era of the Civil War. We were in the middle of a war over slavery that threatened the prosperity of our nation. “…this nation, under God, shall have a birth of new freedom.” Abraham Lincoln is trying to tell the nation that the Union will defeat the Confederacy and all men will have equal rights. I think Lincoln’s main focus in his speech was to try to assure people that our nation will prosper and that, “that government, of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Also, Lincoln states that, “we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” What Lincoln is trying to tell the nation is that they all need to do their part to ensure that what those men died for would be accomplished and that we can ensure that all men will be treated equally. The Gettysburg Address was a very necessary speech because it was a crucial turning point in the war. This speech was supposed to motivate people to go out and help the Union in the war when they saw how many people gave their lives for them. In many ways, this speech can be considered the greatest speech in American history. For one, it was in the middle of a Civil War and it helped inspire people to help our troops. Also, it helped honor the men who died to save our nation and died to ensure that all men are created equal. Eli Henderson Fisher High School Fisher, IL