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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln delivered this speech during the American Civil War, on Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the afternoon, at the dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2017 10:29 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address in November 1863, four and a half months after the battle of Gettysburg, which was fought in July, 1863. The event being commemorated was the dedication of a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2020 11:36 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's brief but powerful address at Gettysburg in 1863 has a reverent, humble, and fervent tone. As Lincoln begins the speech, he refers to the founding fathers and references the founding...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019 5:43 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln delivered this speech in 1863 during the American Civil War on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. When he said that "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 7:53 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The occasion of the Gettysburg Address was the dedication of a new National Cemetery for fallen Union soldiers at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln's purpose in writing and giving the...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 11:01 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

There are many examples of parallelism in Abraham Lincoln's short speech. Parallelism is the repetition of the same grammatical structure in a work of writing. Some examples of parallelism include...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 11:40 am UTC

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I agree with everything that is said in the previous answer. The references noted in that answer are the clearest references to the Declaration of Independence in the Gettysburg Address. I will...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2015 4:36 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln was one of the great orators in the history of American politics. When writing the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln utilized a number of literary devices to draw the attention of his...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2016 12:23 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln was able to pack many effective uses of rhetorical devices into his short address at Gettysburg. The speech's opening words are an allusion. "Four score and seven years ago" works...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 11:44 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address is perhaps the most famous oration by an American president; other contenders are Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor address and John F. Kennedy's inaugural address. In...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 4:24 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The purpose of the Gettysburg Address was to dedicate a Civil War battlefield. Lincoln helped put the war in a larger context—that it was a war to protect government "of the people" from "perishing...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016 2:47 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln was quite skilled in his use of metaphors in "The Gettysburg Address." It was clear that he wanted to associate the process of birth, death, and rebirth with a political aim. These...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2015 3:12 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The intended quote is, "The brave men, living and dead who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." Lincoln is arguing a soldier's struggle is holy and...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2019 12:24 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln masterfully used ethos throughout his short Gettysburg Address in order to convince his audience of the necessity of carrying the Civil War out to its conclusion. He made a close connection...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018 6:20 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

These words indicate that President Lincoln believed that the United States was unique among all the nations of the world. No other nation had, from its very conception, had been dedicated to the...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 4:28 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The overarching and enduring message of Lincoln's address is a statement about nationhood. The United States is a nation that the founding fathers gave birth to through the revolutionary struggle....

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 4:16 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The causes of the Union should be considered distinct from those of individual soldiers. When the Civil War first broke out, the ostensible Union cause was the suppression of the Confederacy and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 8:58 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The irony of our fond remembrance of Lincoln's address at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg is that Lincoln was not even the featured speaker that day. In the wake of a two-hour speech by Edward...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 5:34 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

There are a few verifiable eyewitness accounts of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. One of those accounts is found in John Hay's diary, where he describes the town's mood the night before as...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020 11:26 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In the first paragraph of the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln refers to “us” by talking about “our fathers” as the men who created the “new nation.” In the third paragraph, he repeatedly...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 6:10 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

[Students may ask one question per thread, so your questions were edited. We invite you to submit the others individually for additional answers.] a great civil war, testing whether that nation,...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2013 6:33 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In the first paragraph of the "Gettysburg Address," Lincoln mentions the two ideals on which the United States was founded. First, the new nation was dedicated to the idea of liberty, and second,...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 11:31 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address was given several months after the Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. As your question suggests, understanding the military context of the Address is essential for...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 11:25 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Diction is simply the choice of words and phrases a writer or speaker uses to make his point; in this case, both Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee use diction which is perfectly appropriate to the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 5:02 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in the history of the United States. It was a short speech, only 272 words, and Lincoln spoke for not...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020 8:05 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

One key rhetorical device used throughout Lincoln's speech is the repetition of the collective pronoun "we." For example, "We are met on a great battle-field" and "We have come for those who here...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 7:34 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In his "Gettysburg Address," President Lincoln was speaking to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the men who gave their lives during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the American...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 5:23 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

One approach that could be taken is to argue that Lincoln seems to be striving for something more than a mere battlefield victory. There is a "larger sense" that dominates the address. The Civil...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013 1:25 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The vision that Lincoln articulates at the end of his speech is a transformational vision of American democracy. Lincoln keenly understood that the political implications of the Civil War was one...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013 4:52 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the brief speech that became known as the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 at a cemetery at the location of a horrifically bloody battle of the US Civil...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 4:35 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and Robert E. Lee's "Letter to his Son" are both masterpieces of diction; that is, they both use language correctly and effectively. One of the most effective...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2013 6:01 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In one line of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln uses the words dedicated and consecrated almost synonymously. He says, "But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate ... this...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2021 11:37 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln’s speech, delivered at the dedication of the cemetery for the fallen Union troops at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is important both for the events it commemorated and for...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 2:47 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

There is many a critic such as H.L. Mencken and a historian who declare Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address more of a poem than a historical recounting. Indeed, it is a beautiful piece of...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2015 12:26 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The word “dedicate” is one of the most important words in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. One reason he uses this specific word is because his speech was delivered as part of the ceremony to...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 5:48 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln uses references to the Bible in his Gettysburg Address to bring the concepts to his audience in a way that would make his message more understandable by alluding to a commonly...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2021 1:05 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

When Abraham Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg, his purpose was at least two-fold. He was there to dedicate the military cemetery, but he was also there to tell his audience and the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 12:00 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln chooses his words carefully to evoke the maximum emotional response from his audience, here and in his other famous speeches. His point is that we, as Americans, are not just a nation but a...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 5:22 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The last two uses of dedicated in the Gettysburg Address are as follows: It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2021 3:09 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

While both artifacts from the Civil War are very compelling, I think that Lincoln's speech has a more engaging voice within it. Lee's letter is intriguing, but in the end, Lee ends up supporting a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 1:11 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

If we define "diction" as "the appropriate choice of words" in a given work, one can see where word choice played a major role in conveying the effectiveness of a given work. For Lincoln's...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013 1:54 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

I think that one of the most memorable phrases in Lee's letter to his son is the conveyance of absolute sadness about the predicament of the nation on the eve of Civil War. Lee's statement of...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013 6:02 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

He simply means that those who died at the Battle of Gettysburg gave their lives to save the Union. For Lincoln, that was the whole point of the Civil War: not to end slavery, but to keep the Union...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 6:14 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

General Robert E. Lee's letter is a private document meant for his son only. Lincoln's address at Gettysburg was a public speech that effect soldiers, families, and the whole nation. Lee's letter...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 6:29 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln ends the Gettysburg address with these now-famous words in an appeal to preserving the republic of the United States. It is a call to action stating that the men who died...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 6:08 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address was given in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, following the Battle of Gettysburg in order to commemorate those who lost their lives in the battle. The conflict was a prolonged,...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 4:33 pm UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln had the ability, shown especially in the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address, to imbue his words with a gravity unique in American political speechmaking. Much of his...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2019 5:38 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In The Gettysburg Address, Lincoln uses the word "dedicated" twice within the first two sentences. He starts off his speech with Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 5:52 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In writing a scary story based on The Gettysburg Address, there are several things that are necessary. First, make sure you are aware of all the details related to the speech that Lincoln delivered...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 5:00 am UTC

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The Gettysburg Address

In this context, the "work" of (Northern) Civil War soldiers can be understood as a precursor to modern civil rights activism and the fight for racial equity. In social justice dialogue, the "work"...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2021 12:09 am UTC

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