Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Alex Kuhns

The Gettysburg Address was very important; because Abraham Lincoln was talking to both sides of the Civil War and was trying to keep everyone calm after all the deaths had occurred. Abraham's address wasn’t intended to be remembered; he wanted everyone to remember the war and the loss that occurred. He wants the people to remember the ones that died believe in. He wants everyone to remember that people fought for the freedom for others, and that we should use that to motivate us to work hard and keep other ways like from happening again. “… who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.” Lincoln is saying in this quote that we should remember the Civil War for what it was, and not add or take away from it. He wants the people to remember the facts of what had happened. “… here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…” Lincoln wants the people who died fighting deaths to not be a waste. He wants the people to do the things that the soldiers fought for, and not to have them die for nothing. Lincoln was able to write a powerful speech that only lasted two minutes which can’t be said about to many others. Lincoln was very respectful of both sides, and he was a strong believer in democracy. Lincoln wanted all the people to remember what happened, and keep that in mind when we make choices. Lincoln wanted the people to remember that the struggle of the war can be worth it in the end when there is change. Alex Kuhns Fisher High School Fisher IL