Gettysburg Address
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by Darrielle

On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln gave a speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The speech was given at the place where the Battle of Gettysburg took place. People had gathered at the battlefield to dedicate part of it to the men who had been killed in battle.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is remembered as one of the best speeches ever given. It was short and simple. People could understand it. It was very moving. The first part of Lincoln's speech is familiar to most people. He began his speech by saying:

"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."

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address says that our ancestors created a new country in North America. They believed in the idea that people are created equal. Now that there is a great war, we are setting apart some of the battlefield as a cemetery. The soldiers who fought here have made it holy. Their sacrifice makes us firm in our struggle. We must make sure that the deaths of the soldiers accomplish something.

Government by the people is for the good of the people and it will continue.

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