The Gettysburg Address “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the propositionthat 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 here on agreat battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting andproper 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, haveconsecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, ratherto be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from thesehonored 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; thatthis nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” My understanding of this speech is fromthe birth of the USA there has been fighting for liberty and equal rights. When the civil war finished it showed there was no place for racism and discrimination. This is not just a speech tocommemorate those soldiers who died there but a speech to remind us that we are here to continue the work they began. Giving a re-birth to this great country that truly is Of-by-for the people.
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