Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Emilee Schwing

“Four score and seven years ago our father brought forth on this continent, a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” This quote is the first line in Abraham’s speech. Even though his speech was short it still had a big impact. In Lincoln’s speech he said, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what we did here.” I believe that in this quote Lincoln is saying we won’t remember what people said but we will remember what they did for us. But we don’t always forget what people say. We remembered what Lincoln said because of how powerful his words were. Lincoln didn’t intend for his speech to be remembered. Lincoln wrote his speech so that we would remember the cause they were fighting for. He wanted us to remember who fought for us and everything that they gave up for us. “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task before us… that 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. Those people put their lives on the line so that we wouldn’t have to. Lincoln wanted us to honor them and their families for what they did. We should respect them for fighting for something that we have now and they didn’t get to experience. In this short speech Lincoln was trying to tell us what people did for us to be able to do what we can do. Emilee Schwing Fisher High School Fisher IL