Portrayal Analysis Of Abraham Lincoln's The Gettysburg Address

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In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous Presidential Speeches of all time: “The Gettysburg Address.” In this address, Lincoln encourages his audience to preserve a united country and push for a new birth of freedom by making connections between the past, present, and future. Lincoln’s first and arguably most famous line, “Four score and seven years ago,” reestablished the Nation’s birthdate from the once recognized signing of the Constitution in 1788 to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. From that moment on this date, July 4, 1776, was officially recognized as the Nation’s date of inception, and allowed his audience to reach back to the days where Union and Confederate…show more content…
This “great task remaining before” the country was to ensure that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom” so that “these dead shall not have died in vain.” This challenge is what makes the Gettysburg Address so significant, because it is not just a speech commemorating the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, it is also a speech meant to motivate the Union forces and civilians to keep this beautiful nation…show more content…
He doesn’t address the economy, the transportation issues, and he barely stresses the issue of slavery; just as the people weren’t worrying about the status of the American dollar, the incomplete railways, and weren’t arguing about slavery anymore. American society at this time was simply defined by the Civil War. Everyone was fighting or helping out in some way because the fear of losing the country as a whole was an ultimatum no one wanted to face. Lincoln understood these fears but chose not to dwell on them during his address, rather he chose to motivate the people and fill them with the hopes of a “new birth of freedom.” Lincoln also had the vision to recognize the ultimatum, that the country could not go on without the end of slavery. The Gettysburg Address perfectly encapsulated the hopes, fears, and frustrations of a nation overwhelmed with a terrible Civil

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