Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

  • 3
{{featured_button_text}}

Editor's note: Here is the commonly accepted version of the remarks Abraham Lincoln delivered on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the national cemetery at Gettysburg, Penn. Lincoln wrote it down some time after the speech and it is the only version he signed.

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.

Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

Questions like which came first, the chicken or the egg, are irrelevant because they’re unanswerable (although for the record, scientists come down on the side of the egg.) Here is a more relevant and important question. Which comes first for members of Congress: their oath to the Constitution or the demands of their constituents? The Washington Post’s David Montgomery recently touched on that ...

Americans continue to have a dim view of Congress. And for good reason. Legislative gridlock due to closely divided houses is one factor. But the top leaders of both parties, who epitomize Congress to most Americans, are doing little to instill confidence. Several months ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi called her Republican counterpart, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a “moron.” Her fellow Californian ...

“Ted Lasso” is a match made in globalizer heaven. It took a U.S. media/tech platform to make an iconic show about English football, and it took English football to make Apple TV+ a legitimate global media player. Certain Brits and certain Americans might be offended by this truth, but “Ted Lasso” would not have the same global reach if it were a British production, and it would not have the ...

For those who believe in swift justice, Jon Gruden’s downfall seems to fit the bill. After all, Gruden’s resignation Monday as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders came just hours after The New York Times reported that he sent racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails to NFL executives for the better part of seven years. I know some see this as a victory in the battle against bias, racism and ...

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

Weekend Things to Do

News Alert