The Gettysburg Address

by Abraham Lincoln

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How does "conceived in liberty" represent Lincoln's vision in the Gettysburg Address?

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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 ideals of liberty. By reminding his audience of the founding ideals of the country, Lincoln is making it clear that it is the destiny of the country to fulfill its promise of liberty.

By using the words "conceived in liberty," Lincoln is is stressing that the founders of the United States had their own vision that the country would be a bastion of freedom. Lincoln shares this vision. However, by hearkening back to the ideals of the country's founding, he is making the point that the country has not lived up to the promise that "all men are created equal."

With the Civil War raging, the promise of liberty is under more threat than ever. This war could destroy the country. If that were to happen, the promise of a country dedicated to freedom and liberty would fail. Lincoln is urging Americans to continue the fight for this vision of a free country. He also seems to imply that the United States can finally complete the vision of its founders and become a land of liberty in more than just name.

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