The Gettysburg Address

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Gabrielle Riel on Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

Today is the 150th anniversary of the delivery of one of the most famous speeches in the entire history of the United States of America: the Gettysburg Address, by President Abraham Lincoln. In honor of this, the music on Radio Riel’s Main stream is primarily American Folk and American popular music of the mid‐to‐late 19th Century. Today’s program also features the wonderful “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland.

President Lincoln gave this speech after the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, one of the deadliest battles in what is still the deadliest war in American history. This simple two‐minute speech has become an iconic representation of American freedom. I (Gabrielle Riel) and my 5th grade classmates memorized it as we studied American history. Here is what we came to know by heart:

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 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.

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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

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