What was Lincoln's greatest speech and why?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Lincoln's greatest speech was his address at Gettysburg.  Delivered November 19, 1863, Lincoln spoke of the dedication and consecration of the land where so many people lost their lives.  Gettysburg was a terrible battle with the South invading the North and the death toll on both sides was obscene.  Yet Lincoln, in his short but eloquent speech supposedly written on the train to Gettysburg, both asks the country to live up to the ideals of freedom for all, and consecrate and honor the sacrifices of people on both sides of the war. He reminds us of our humanity which needs to be remembered after this bloodiest of battles.