The Gettysburg Address for 2021

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Today, we blend our blog and podcast as we view the Gettysburg Address through the lens of 2021. Don’t worry – it is not getting cancelled just yet. With all the turmoil and division in the U.S. today, we thought a re-examination of one of America’s most important documents may help guide us through the days ahead. Listen to the audio (you may have to open the link to the article if viewing in e-mail) and examine the text for yourself.

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“Fourscore 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 cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot 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 here 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.”

President Lincoln, Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863 on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Cornell University copy

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