Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Abbi Nowak

The Gettysburg Address, one of the greatest speeches in American history was one page long. Abraham Lincoln accomplished this in two minutes. “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” Words spoken by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address. What I think Lincoln was implying is that the Civil War was a test to see what the United States of America can endure. It is my understanding that Lincoln is referring to the similarities between both halves of America, the North and the South. Both have suffered, both have shed blood and tears, so they should be able to come together as a nation and be united once again. Abraham Lincoln’s hopes for the Gettysburg Address was to reunite the United States of America by not placing blame, while still honoring fallen soldiers and reminding Americans who we are and what we stand for. Lincoln describes the United States as one large battle field, he says “We are met on a great battle field of that war.” He’s saying that the people being at war with each other is destroying our home. What he’s saying is that if Americans do not stop fighting and come together there will not be anything left and America will no longer be united. People first came to America for religious freedom; Lincoln says “…this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…” To remind Americans that they are similar and instead of fighting against each other the people need to come together for new freedoms for every American. Abbi Nowak Fisher High School Fisher Il