Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Jordan Murdent

The Gettysburg address was given by the then President Abraham Lincoln, he had put the finishing touches on the speech the night before he gave the speech. Today the late President’s speech is known to be one of the greatest speeches in history. The speech was given on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln’s speech will always be known as one of the best or the best in human history. In just over two minutes, Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with "a new birth of freedom," that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, ensuring that democracy would remain a viable form of government and creating a nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant. One eyewitness to the speech later that day, "I was close to the President and heard all of the Address, but it seemed short. There was no applause when he stopped speaking." According to historian Shelby Foote, after Lincoln's presentation, the applause was delayed, scattered, and "barely polite." In conclusion Lincoln’s speech may have only been just over two minutes long but it was remarkable because it was just only two minutes long. He had come right after a two hour speech. He brought up many good points that those men shouldn’t have died in vein for their country. Jordan Murdent Fisher High School Fisher IL