Abraham Lincoln

Today is honest Abe’s birthday.  Here is the speech for which he is most remembered, the Gettysburg Address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate…we can not consecrate…we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—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—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.



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12 responses to “Abraham Lincoln

  1. Morning peeps, happy birthday Abe!

  2. dooty

    well, we got about 9 or 10 inches of snow yesterday and while I know for you in the northern climes that is just a dusting. For us it is total pandemonium. The temp is up to 34F now but it is gonna take a few days to melt this crap off.

  3. nannymm

    The Gettysburg Address is one of the most memorable and eloquent speeches given by an American president. Thanks for posting it.

  4. eprof2

    Thanks, dnd, for the reminder of Lincoln’s greatness!

  5. MadMustard

    That Gettysburg Address was historically the premier property… but due to speculators and derivative traders it seems to have lost it’s residual value… just for score.

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