Lincoln at Gettysburg Essay

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Natalie Cook Response to Question #4 In his Gettysburg address, President Abraham Lincoln seeks to find meaning in the tragedies of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was a crucial turning point in the Civil War. As the author of Lincoln at Gettysburg , Garry Wills, argues, the cemetery became “a school for the living” (p.65) and a means for training the “sensibilities” (p.70), meaning that the cemetery, the resting place for the fallen heroes that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, was a sign to the living Americans that change could and would come, and that the nation would experience rebirth. At a time of such gruesome tragedy, citizens need not hear about the political facts and ramifications of the War, but rather hear words that would provide them with consolation and comfort, and most importantly, hope and inspiration. After the men in citizens’ families died in the battles, women—mothers, wives, aunts, and sisters—and children were left without men who were often times the breadwinners of their families on whom they depended on for support. The words that
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