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November 19 -Gettysburg Address Memorial Day

Updated on June 16, 2011
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial Day
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial Day

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial Day

It was on the 19th of November that President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address to the nation. As per the historians this address in itself is considered as one of the most monumental addresses that has awakened and brought together the American people at a very crucial time in America’s history.

Addressing the nation at a time of National strife

At a time when the country was torn due to the American Civil War this memorable and most historical speech was delivered which indeed can be termed as an act of rejuvenation and that brought back the American people back to their feet motivating and making them to think about the need to become more certain about their actions which would lead to the prosperity of their motherland. It was a very monumental address and had very huge repercussions in terms of the American public since it was an awakening from the American Civil War.

Reason for the Civil War

President Abraham Lincoln addressed this meeting and gave the speech since he felt it very much necessary for the citizens of America to know why really the American Civil War was fought and what could be the possible affects of such a war for the American people.

This was a real positive thing that had happened for the American’s since they were now aware why the Civil war was fought and for what cause. Indeed most of the American’s till that time had been very much against the Civil war and had sharp criticism’s for the policies of the then President Abraham Lincoln.

Change in the attitude of the American’s

Much after the speech the attitude of the American people totally changed and they became more aware of the policies that were enacted by the American President Abraham Lincoln and started supporting the cause of the Civil war and began working towards the development of the country and its citizens.

The Gettysburg Address really served as an eye opener for the general public and this has become a very important day that had been recorded in the American history. Many American’s till then did not much about the reasons for fighting the war and thought that it was an unwanted exercise that would really waste their resources.

This was a deep kind of belief that they very well carried within their minds and these types of sentiments were broken down by the Gettysburg speech delivered by the American President Abraham Lincoln which became such a success.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Memorial Day

The Gettysburg Address and its fruitfulness

Thus the Gettysburg address was regarded as one of the greatest speeches ever rendered by any American President and this made Abraham Lincoln a very powerful orator in the minds of the public and the Americans.

Thus the Gettysburg address totally changed the whole scenario of the American’s and their view towards armed conflict. They have very much endowed this spirit and the enthusiasm to the roots that have very well grown from the speech of the American President Abraham Lincoln who had very well contributed and turned the view of the American people and made them to very well concentrate on the development and the well being of the whole nation.


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      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Let us take a look at the Gettysburg Address from the viewpoint of the New Testament.

      Lincoln says his purpose is to: “dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place to those who here gave their lives that nation might live.”

      Would Jesus have consecrated a killing field and advocated killing again and again? Lincoln places nation above God. Who was/is more correct, Lincoln or Jesus?

      Jesus taught to love one another. His final command to Peter was: sheath your sword. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Love your enemies. All of these teachings go against fighting and killing in combat. Jesus never strapped on a sword. We should not dedicate land as sacred if killing was involved.

      Alternatives to fighting existed such as: The Underground Railroad, public education against slavery and private Christian education against slavery. Given time, the attitudes of people, even in the South, change.