The Gettysburg Address | Study Guide

Abraham Lincoln

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Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Context Lincoln’s Presidency After Gettysburg, Lincoln gained enough public support for a total end to slavery. Battle of Gettysburg With the decisive defeat of the Confederate army at Gettysburg, the war turned in favor of a Union victory. Civil War War raged between Southern and Northern American states from 1861 until the South surrendered in 1865. Known as “Honest Abe,” Lincoln was largely self-educated before becoming a lawyer, a congressman, and eventually the 16th president of the United States. During his presidency, the United States survived a civil war that ultimately ended slavery. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, shortly after the war’s end. ABRAHAM LINCOLN1809–65 Author Abraham Lincoln our 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. The GettysburgAddressby the Numbers Number of years ago “fourscore and seven years ago” represents 87 Minutes it took Lincoln to deliver the Gettysburg Address ~2 Hours it took for the featured speaker, Edward Everett, to deliver his speech before Lincoln’s appearance 2 Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the Battle of Gettysburg 51,000 Main Ideas Dedication to Shared Tasks While dedicating a cemetery, Lincoln recommitted the nation to its core purposes. Liberty, Equality & Democracy Lincoln appealed to the values of liberty and equality, tying them to democracy. Birth & Rebirth Lincoln referred to the birth of the United States to recast the Civil War as a time of rebirth. Historical Positioning Delivered to commemorate the bloodiest battle in the Civil War, the Gettysburg Address framed the Union soldiers’ deaths as sacrifices for liberty and equality. Redefining America Lincoln sought to redefine the America that would emerge from the Civil War as a country dedicated to freedom and the abolition of slavery. Rhetorical Positioning Lincoln broke with convention to deliver a short and straightforward speech that linked the principles in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to the Union cause. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as part of the ceremony that dedicated the site of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg as a military cemetery. However, Lincoln went beyond dedicating the ground or showing respect for the fallen Union soldiers. He took advantage of the occasion to assert the Union’s cause of liberty and equality for all. A Speech That Redefined America SIGNIFICANCE English Original Language 1863 Year Published Abraham Lincoln Author The GettysburgAddress History Primary Source

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