Four Score and Seven Years Ago, Remembered 150 Years Later

GettysburgAddressBigA speech that Lincoln was sure would not be remembered, words that he didn’t realize would resonant just as strongly with American citizens throughout the nation in the future, stronger than they did back when he delivered the speech.  We often today see the last 17 words to this speech on social media in the form of ‘memes’ or posted and tweeted as  a written quote because that sentiment of “by the people, for the people”  resonates as the heartbeat for Americans, as it is one of the strongest reasons that many will sacrifice their very own lives to uphold that principle, and the Constitution of America.  God Bless the UNITED States of America.

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.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


8 thoughts on “Four Score and Seven Years Ago, Remembered 150 Years Later

  1. Arguably, not many if any US presidents can measure up to Lincoln, and living through this present presidential catastrophe only reinforce how great of a person, a leader and President Lincoln was.

  2. It’s ashamed most people don’t even know that the civil war wasn’t about slavery truly. It was about states’ rights to succeed. It became about slavery to raise 3 new divisions of soldiers all men of color. Without whom the north would have lost and slavery would have ended anyway. Though it would have taken decades longer.

    Abraham Lincoln went to war to end slavery?

    Since the Civil War did end slavery, many Americans think abolition was the Union’s goal. But the North initially went to war to hold the nation together. Abolition came later.

    On Aug. 22, 1862, President Lincoln wrote a letter to the New York Tribune that included the following passage: “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.”

    He went to war to save the union. Nothing more, nothing less. When he was losing the war he changed his tone so to bring people of color into the war as soldier and turn the tides of this losing war.

    Love the piece though and it’s well written. And it was a tremndous speech.

    • Michelle, spot on regarding the true nature of the war, there are several noted facts from that period where it is noted that Lincoln is quoted as saying, “”the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” Lincoln of course is referring to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Thank you Michelle, greatly appreciated your comment and compliment.

      • I do find it amazing these men of color who saved this nation are barely found in the history books. These men fought the battle no one else dared, they bleed and died for this nation. They turned defeat to victory and yet are nothing more than a foot note in history. The 54th regiment as they were known servered with honor and character.

        Maybe we can yet save this nation but it will take men like these to save it now. Men of all colors willing to stand and fight the battles too dangerous, too difficult for some. Men of honor, courage, and distinction like the men of the 54th Regiment willing to give all for his brothers.

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