Lincoln Writings

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Teacher: Raleigh C. Finlayson American History Abraham Lincoln: Selected Writings The Gettysburg Address, Second Inaugural Speech, and letter to Mrs. Bixby of Boston I. Gettysburg Address: Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,  November 19 th , 1863 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 
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course CAS WR 98 taught by Professor Finlayson during the Fall '10 term at BU.

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