Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Olivia Book

Four score and seven years ago, this famous line from the timeless speech Lincoln spoke these words on that Thursday afternoon, November 19th of 1863. Now everyone knows that his speech has some significance but most don’t even know what its about. The Gettysburg Address was given at the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In just two minutes Lincoln renamed the Civil war as being a need for human equality. Lincoln talked about how at the end of this war there was going to be a rebirth of a nation and a new found freedom for every American. He spoke such inspiring words of our soldiers that had died on the battlefield. “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here”. Lincoln was correct we still to this day have not forgotten the great sacrifices and what heroes those soldiers are today. One thing that he was incorrect about is he said no one would remember the words said there that day. Well we did and it will never be forgotten. Lincoln’s speech had the amazing simplicity that made his message so clear yet it had so much meaning in it to tell. That for him to do it in just 272 words you may say that he had to leave something out or he should have put this in there. But those statements would not be true because Lincoln represented what America is and what we are.