Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Leighellen Morris

At the beginning of Abraham Lincolns speech he did not know whether his speech was going to be good or not, it was only afterward that people quoted his speech. Throughout the generations young students are told to memorize parts of the speech and present it to crowds of people sitting in the bleachers, but they don’t really understand how important this address was at giving the union hope of winning this war .telling them they can’t give up and let the people that have already lost their lives die in vain. Everyone knew what was started on the battlefield was not finished, they also knew there was a lot more struggle ahead of them. The Gettysburg address was to give them hope of getting through the struggles ahead of them. Lincoln had respect for both parties, and in his speech he was not saying negative things about the other party but trying to raise the hope of the union. The speech was inspiration for them to do what’s right and that was to keep fighting, fight so that nation might live. Lincoln states “from these hundred dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion”. They gave there last full measure of devotion for what they believed in on the land of Gettysburg. Lincoln also stated “…we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under god, shall have a new birth of freedom…” this sentence gave the people a new hope to have freedom throughout the nation and also gave the people a choice. Leighellen Morris Fisher High School Fisher, IL