Many of us in America know a few phrases of it here and there because we all had to read it in
high school. We know it was a good speech, totally reaffirming freedom while honoring war dead, yadda
yadda. But lost in the cliches is how significant it was that Lincoln was able to make such a speech at
such a time, and make it stick. He had a LOT riding against people even taking the speech seriously, let
alone holding it up later as an example of everything America stands for. In part 1, I explain why.
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For Further Awesome Reading…
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America
A definitive modern breakdown of the circumstances of the speech, the rhetorical history that inspired it, the location of the speech on the battlefield, and (of course) an analysis of the text.