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remains–its successful maintenance against a formidable internal attempt to overthrow it. It is now for them to demonstrate to the world that those who can fairly carry an election can also suppress a rebellion; that ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets; and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionally decided, there can be no successful appeal back to bullets; that there can be no successful appeal, except to ballots themselves, at succeeding elections. Such will be a great lesson of peace: teaching men that what they cannot take by an election, neither can they take it by a war; teaching all the folly of being the beginners of a war.” 5) Lincoln expresses “deepest regret” on having to exercise the power of war in his message to Congress. Do you have faith in his words that he will unite the country and preserve the government?
6) Should the Gettysburg Address have been used to commemorate the dead by invoking the spirit of democracy? Should Lincoln have favored the North in its victory over the South at Gettysburg, the largest and bloodiest battle of the Civil War?
Keep in mind that, in 1776, the United States was a new kind of country with a different kind of political philosophy. Its formation was known as "the Great Experiment" because it ventured into new ground, and no one knew if such a government could survive. That is the idea Lincoln refers to in this section of the speech: The Civil War was testing whether the United States, which was founded on liberty and equality, could survive. Thus, Lincoln succinctly expressed the magnitude of the Civil War: What was at stake was not simply lives, or money, or government control, but the very foundations upon which the United States was founded. “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow —

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