Lincoln Gives Speech

11/19/1863 President Lincoln Gives speech at Gettysburg.

November 19, 1863

President Lincoln gave a speech ("The Gettysburg Address") at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.This speech was given to summarize how Lincoln's view on The American Civil War. Lincoln stated the following:

"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 battlefield 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 people, shall not perish from the earth."

Lincoln's famous speeches.

This was one of Lincoln's famous speeches. The other one being his Second Inaugural Address. He has many other speeches. The Gettysburg Address has been ever since placed on the Lincoln Memorial.

The American Civil War (The Civil War)

This war took place 1861 through 1865. This war determined the survival of the Union or freedom for the Confederacy. The states that remained loyal to the United States were known as The Union, while the others who seceded from the U.S. were known as the Confederate States of America. This war started because of one main cause which was slavery. 750,000 Americans from both the Union and the Confederacy died and most of the South was destroyed. The Confederacy collapsed causing them to lose the war. This abolished slavery. After this time period the process of reconstruction began.