Four Score and Seven Years Ago…

Today, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most important speeches in this country’s history after the worst battle in the history of the United States.\
I love reading it. It’s profound, and in a few words, explains what’s truly great about this country. Not that we fight or disagree, but that we believe that the ideals this country was founded on is worth fighting for, that freedom is worth fighting for.\
<p>Fourscore 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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate – we cannot consecrate – we cannot 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.</p>

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By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.

1 comment

  1. I like the Gettysburg Address. But my favorite Lincoln is the Second Inaugural. (See
    In that, Lincoln says that both sides were equally responsible for the sin of slavery, and if both sides must pay for that sin with blood, it is only just. It’s a stunning acknowledgment of moral responsibility – I cannot imagine a politician of today saying anything remotely similar.

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