Ever heard such a life changing speech that stood with you forever ? Throughout history there have been many speeches, but the greatest ones are those that stick with people even after decades. These are the speeches that have had an impact on people because of how powerful they are and people really connected with them. A great example of a timeless speech is “ The Gettysburg Address “ speech, given by former president Abraham Lincoln. This essay will focus on the impact of this speech in three main points. First, it will cover the history of the speech. Second, the importance of this speech, and thirdly, why it had such a huge impact then and still to this day. Let's begin with the history of the speech. The Gettysburg Address speech was presented by the president at that time, Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Staff, “Battle of Gettysburg”). This was four and a half months after the battle, in which the United States was undergoing a bloody war. Not a war with other countries but within its own nations. The war was called the “ Civil War “, in whic...
The Gettysburg Address given by President Lincoln in the November following the Battle of Gettysburg acted as a call to arms. This speech gave the North a sense of pride and reassured them that they did have a chance at winning the Civil War. In The Gettysburg Address, Lincoln tells the audience not to let the men who died in the battle die in vain he tells them that their dedication will lead to a “new birth of freedom” in the nation(document D). This newly found sense of pride and hope led confidence which was something that the Confederate army was lacking at the
At 7:30am, on Wednesday, July 1st, 1863, at the intersection of Knoxlyn Rd and US Rt. 30 Chambersburg Pike, a shot was fired by Lieutenant Marcellus Jones. This shot would not be forgotten, as it was the beginning of what would turn into one of the biggest turning points of the Civil War; The Battle of Gettysburg. This three day streak of combat would later be referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion.” With the outcome being an overall Union victory, the Battle of Gettysburg would mark the point at which the Union would place the Confederacy on the defensive and end General Robert E. Lee’s most ambitious attempt to seize Union territory. The Battle of Gettysburg was so critical, in fact, that it lead to one of the most vital documents written in United States history, the Gettysburg Address. How exactly did this battle guide President Abraham Lincoln to write the Gettysburg Address is a common question among many.
For centuries, it has always been an individual's responsibility to address the aftermath of major events. Thus, on November 19, 1863, in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, Edward Everett stood upon the bloody field in front of representatives from all over the United States, to give the speech that provides this sense of purpose; henceforth, "The Gettysburg Oration" entitled this speech. The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle fought in the Civil War. This decisive battle, horrid in its nature, was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Both sides were not only fighting for their lives, but for their ideas, as well. There are a few people who would look back at this battle as a victory
Abraham Lincoln wrote one of the greatest speeches in American history known as the Gettysburg Address. It was not only used as a dedication to the fallen troops of the North and South, but as a speech to give the Union a reason to fight and attempt to unite the divided nation. The sixteenth president’s handling of his speech at Gettysburg demonstrated how the effectiveness of juxtaposition, repetition, and parallelism, could bring unity to a nation deeply divided on beliefs. His speech touched the hearts of many and indirectly put an end to the Civil War. Lincoln may have been considered a tyrant at the time but he was a great leader of a nation, a war, and a democracy.
While the Gettysburg Address is fairly short in length at around 300 words, this famous speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1963 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is both enduring and meaningful for all Americans today, almost exactly 146 years later. The first paragraph of his speech sets the tone, in which Lincoln does not directly mention the bloody Battle of Gettysburg, in which 50,000 soldiers lost their lives. Instead, he refers in the opening phrase, “Four score and seven years ago,” to the founding of America through another important written document, the Declaration of Independence in 1776. I believe Lincoln wanted the country to focus on preserving this country, and in his speech reminded all American citizens that this nation was “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” I believe Lincoln wanted all Americans, Union and Confederate, to focus on preserving the nation, and he did not want to upset everyone by dwelling on the bloody Battle of Gettysburg t...
On November 19, 1863, just four months after the defeat of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln had gone to Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the war in order to dedicate the battlefield as a cemetery. Instead Lincoln ended up giving one of the most powerful speeches in America. With his speech, he was capable of turning the war into a war on slavery and was able to reaffirm the values our Founding Fathers had laid down in the Declaration of Independence.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a civil war battle fought during the summer of 1863. This single battle resulted in over fifty thousand casualties for both the Union and Confederate soldiers, whether dead, wounded or missing. Four months after this bloody battle, a Soldier’s National Cemetery was dedicated for the Union soldiers, among the speakers was President Abraham Lincoln. Although he was not the keynote speaker, President Lincoln took this opportunity to render a short, compelling speech that would become known as “The Gettysburg Address”. That speech is heralded as one of America’s greatest speeches and through the structure, style and emotion that President Lincoln imparted into it, he laid the ground work for the reunification of a young country that was at odds with itself.
Today there are countless authers who attempt to create great literary works, however none come close to Abraham Lincoln and his powerful “The Gettysburg Address”. His 272 word speech is arguably the most-quoted, most-memorized piece of oratory in American history. Lincoln managed to author the greatest work of literature in American Literature by crafting a terse speech with persuasive literary devices, along with a moving and an enduring message. Great literature does not just happen, nor is it great by default by the mere fact that it was authored by a famous individual. No, great literature is timeless and placeless. The themes and the messages conveyed by the story, poem, or speech are important, no matter what era or place the reader
The Civil War – a bloody, ruthless American war – was fought over the course of five years. To worsen the affair, rather than fighting some far off, foreign enemy, they were fighting their fellow countrymen- their brothers. Across that five year span, over six hundred thousand Americans were killed (American Civil War). One of the deadliest, unforgettable battles of the war was the Battle of Gettysburg. This memorable battle surprisingly lasted a mere three days, and after the battle the president, Abraham Lincoln, delivered a speech that reflected the battle. His speech, just like the battle, was immensely memorable and carried with it a massive impact, yet it only lasted two minutes and consists of three short paragraphs. Addressing his fellow Americans with the speech, Lincoln calls for them to keep pushing forward.
While “The Gettysburg Address” is short, it still remains one of the best-known speeches of our time. I credit this mostly to the pathos used in the speech. Even to this day, we can relate to what President Lincoln was trying to convey. We may no longer be involved in a civil war, however, we are still fighting battles as a country that should cause us to take pause and question the world around us. We need to ensure that, just as Lincoln said, “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain”
On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the cemetery for Union Soldiers who had perished during the Battle of Gettysburg, two people gave speeches. This cemetery is the Gettysburg National Cemetery today. It used to be called Soldier’s National Cemetery. The first was Edward Everett, who spoke for an entire two hours. He was the featured speaker of the event. An orchestra played a hymn after his speech. The second was President Abraham Lincoln’s two minute speech, also known as the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address is the most quoted and memorized in the history of America. It is one of the most important speeches in American history. Lincoln had prepared for this speech very well.
How can a speech gain complete resonance, or agreement from its audience in a short amount of time? Abraham Lincoln's most famous speech was a great example for gaining the audience's spirits. ''The Gettysburg Address'' was given on November 19, 1863, after the Union won the Battle of Gettysburg. In the speech, Lincoln emphasized the importance and necessity of the Civil War, which was, in his point of view, still worth fighting, despite the horrors of the war. Lincoln did not only argue for his point straightforwardly and list several reasons to support it, but also skillfully apply to audience's rising patriot emotion along with the speech. At the end os the speech, Lincoln successfully gave his audience the passion to keep on fighting the Civil War. By building up his audience's loyal and intensity feelings as well as the speech's climax at the same time, Lincoln's strong argument and expression let people realize and remember what was worth them to fight, the Union. By fully gaining people's minds and attention, Lincoln heartened his audience, touched their deep emotion, and won his audience's resonances with him and his idea that this war is still worth fighting.
Today there are countless authors who attempt to create great literary works, however none come close to Abraham Lincoln and his powerful “The Gettysburg Address”. His 272 word speech is arguably the most-quoted, most-memorized piece of oratory in American history. Lincoln managed to author the greatest work of literature in American Literature by crafting a terse speech with persuasive literary devices, along with a moving and an enduring message. Great literature does not just happen, nor is it great by default by the mere fact that it was authored by a famous individual. No, great literature is timeless and placeless. The themes and the messages conveyed by the story, poem, or speech is important, no matter what era or place the reader