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Born: February 12, 1809 - Near Hodgenville, Kentucky
Died: April 14, 1865 - Washington, D.C.

Excerpt from the Gettysburg Address

HFour score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon 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 battlefield 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.

Teaching Topics in Social Studies
The Gettysburg Address provided some of Lincoln's
reasoning about the CAUSES AND EFFECTS of the CIVIL WAR. It highlighted the MILITARY CAMPAIGN and laid out the principles for RECONSTRUCTION.

Teaching Topics in Language Arts
Both its CONTENT and STYLE combine to make a PERSUASIVE ARGUMENT. His TONE was ABSTRACT,
Scavenger Hunt
Who won the Battle of Gettysburg?
. . . answer . . .
calling on SYMBOLS, CLASSICAL REFERENCES and general values rather than specific details about the war. The SPEECH, when given did not have a considerable impact on the AUDIENCE. Lincoln's audience was the nation at large-those both in the north and the south.

Facts About Abraham Lincoln
  • The featured speaker at the battlefield's dedication was Edward Everett, the former president of Harvard College.
  • Historians dispute when and where Lincoln wrote his speech-in the weeks preceding his visit, on the train there, or the evening before it was delivered while staying at the Wills' house in Gettysburg.
  • The 272 word address was delivered on November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  • His words describe the past, present and future.
  • A "score" refers to the number twenty.

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