The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln

Summary: In The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln goes to Gettysburg and says it is the duty of the living to finish what the men at Gettysburg died for. By finishing what those soldiers did it will sustain a nation that was created for the people, and the idea that all men are created equal.

Section One:

  • Lincoln says 87 years ago the leaders of the country set out to make a land where all men are created equal
  • A score is 20 years

Section Two:

  • The nation is fighting the civil war
  • The crowd Lincoln is talking to is told they have all met on a battleground of the civil war
  • It is the place that many of the soldiers will be buried at

Section Three:

  • Lincoln states that the ground cannot be consecrated (made important) by the people there today because it was already established by the men that fought at the location already; and the ground cannot be any more holy than it already is
  • Lincoln says it is the job of the living to finish the job the soldiers started at Gettysburg

Section Four:

  • Lincoln again states that the people must finish what the soliders at Gettysburg started, and devote with "full measure" so the dead will "not have died in vain"
  • Lincoln says the nation will have a new definition of freedom they must fight for
  • Lincoln says the nation will continue on with a government "of the people, by the people, for the people"

Other Notes:

  • It is impossible for the people at Gettysburg to fully "consecrate" the land because it is already made holy from the cause that was being fought for there

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