On This Day in History: November 19

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On This Day in History: November 19

Amanda Prichard, Editor-in-Chief

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November 19, 1863:  President Abraham Lincoln delivered the famous Gettysburg Address.

At the close of the ceremonies that dedicated the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, PA, Lincoln delivered a short speech. He spoke after Edward Everett, who had given a two hour long speech and would later write to Lincoln “Permit me also to express my great admiration of the thoughts expressed by you, with such eloquent simplicity & appropriateness, at the consecration of the Cemetery. I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.”

In the 272 word speech. Lincoln claimed that they could not actually make it hallowed ground. The only true way to honor the men who fought and died for the country was to continue their unfinished work. We, the American people, cannot forget the sacrifice of those that came before us. And if we continued their work we “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.”

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