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Was the Patriot and Union correct in its prediction? Why or why not?Ref:  Gettysburg...

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jones101 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM via web

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Was the Patriot and Union correct in its prediction? Why or why not?

Ref:  Gettysburg Address

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 8, 2008 at 4:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Is this the statement by the Patriot and Union?

Harrisburg Patriot and Union: "We pass over the silly remarks of the President; for the credit of the Nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall no more be repeated or thought of."

This view of Lincoln's address has been rejected by history. The speech was both eloquent and important, touching on the crucial issue of whether a free nation could survive. In addition, it would be hard to think of a more beautiful tribute to those who died on that battlefield.

As for whether Lincoln's words "shall no more be repeated or thought of," the Patriot and Union could not have been more wrong. Of course, the Gettysburg Address is carved into the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, and so is read by millions of visitors each year. This famous speech is regularly studied by students around the country and the world. In fact, every student at my school memorizes the Gettysburg Address every year, and we have a competition for who can recite it best.

Even Barack Obama, in his victory speech on election night, referred to the Gettysburg Address:

"Our campaign . . . grew strength . . . from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organized, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from the Earth." [emphasis added]

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 8, 2008 at 1:41 PM (Answer #2)

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If you are referring to The Patriot and Union Newspaper from
Harrisburg, PA then the answer to your question is...'no'.  I think that their incorrect assumptions had a major impact upon those who read their articles. It's cold, rainy, damp, the kind of day that we all want to stay home. Edward Everett delievers a two hour speech, and by the time Lincoln spoke the people were cold, wet, and bored. The Gettysburg Address was two minutes in length, and with all due respect after the two hour speech by Everett, Lincoln's two minute speech was simply overlooked and  ignored. Weeks later the words of Lincoln's speech take hold and from that time forward The Gettysburg Address, all two minutes of it proves that it doesn't matter how much you say, what matters is how you say it.

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