Let’s Remember Our History: The Gettysburg Address

Let’s Remember Our History: The Gettysburg Address

On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

On November 19th, 1863 President Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of a military cemetery in the midst of the American Civil War.  Long regarded as one of the most memorable speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address rallied the weary public and reminded them why it was so vital that the Union continue to fight and win the Civil War.  Lincoln’s speech championed his newfound belief that the Civil War was a fight for freedom and equality for all.  His stirring speech concluded with the famous declaration: “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.”  In honor of this momentous speech that marks a turning point in our American history, we invite you to enjoy these interesting facts about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

  • The Gettysburg Address was actually very short. Consisting of just 272 words, it only took Lincoln about two minutes to deliver the speech.  Later on, Lincoln himself would dub the Gettysburg Address the “little speech.”
  • Attorney David Wells was in charge of organizing the cemetery dedication, and he hired famous orator Edward Everett to be the keynote speaker. Wells only invited Lincoln as an afterthought; Lincoln only received an invitation two-weeks before the event was scheduled to take place.
  • Contrary to the popular belief that Lincoln wrote the speech on the fly, the president worked hard on the wording and tone of his speech. Historians know of at least two drafts that preceded the speech he actually delivered.
  • As the dedication ceremony began, several corpses were being buried nearby the event. This helped create a somber mood for the commemoration.
  • The speech received mixed reviews. Newspapers that supported the President celebrated the speech’s message, but southern sympathizers criticized the speech as weak and poorly delivered.

We at the at The Maria Sanchez Show hope that you will join us in remembering the legendary Gettysburg Address.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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