Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Molly Farifield

When Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address, I don’t think he realized how important the speech really was. He didn’t know that it would be published in text books; one thing he did know is that the speech is and was important. Abe knew it would be in the newspapers. He knew he had to make it short and to the point so people would actually listen to what he had to say. The man before him spoke for two hours compared to Lincoln, who only spoke for two minutes. Notice that we aren’t reading Everett’s speech that went on for two hours; we are reading Abraham Lincoln’s. Abe realized when he was writing the speech that listeners would tune out if the speech was too long. Many people didn’t even hear him. However, Abe addressed many things during the two minutes. Abe’s speech was about the bloodiest battle in American history, and also the lowest point in American history. This speech is an example of Lincoln acting a parent trying to break up a fight. He was trying to settle the North and the South just like parents would when their children fight. At the same time he was trying to settle the two, he also knew what needed to be done to settle it. This meant a lot of people would be killed. He was respecting both sides by not saying anything bad about either side because they were both of the Union. Also, Abe only refers to one union, which means he is still including the South in the Union. Lincoln was trying his hardest to preserve the Union. Molly Fairfield Fisher High School Fisher, IL