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-150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

by Dr. D ~ November 19th, 2013

Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg (seated, center)...

                  (Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg:  Wikipedia)

Today is the 150 year anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

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.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

‘Under God’ Controversy

Apparently the first and second drafts in Lincoln’s own hand did not include the words “under God” and the The Freedom From Religion Foundation is making a big deal over that omission in the originals. However, a number of reporters included it in their quotations of the speech as given that day so it is more than probable that President Lincoln did include those words when he actually gave the speech.

For more on the controversy see this article in The Blaze:

Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Under God’ Controversy Surrounding the Original Gettysburg Address               *Top

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