what does the gettysburg address mean?

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  • Literally?

    84 years ago ( a score is a set of 20) our ancestors created a new nation that believed in freedom and liberty for all.

    We are now fighting a great civil war (the war between the north and the south) . This war will test whether our nation (America) or any other nation that believes in freedom and liberty can last. Here we are at Gettysburg where there was a great battle of this civil war and we are setting aside a part of that battle ground as a final resting place (cemetary) for those who have died here fighting for our nation. It is the right thing to do.

    But really, we can not dedicate or make holly this ground. The brave men living and dead who, who struggled here (fought here and died here) have made it holly (or scared), far more than any power we here have to add or detract. The world will not remember what we (the speakers that day and the listeners) say here but the world will never forget what they (the men who fought and gave their lives) did here. It is for the living to be dedicated to the unfinished work that these men fought to advance. It is up to us to dedicate ourselves to finish this work for which these men gave the last full measure of devotion (died). We must now totally resolve that these men have not died in vain (must not have died for nothing). That this nation (America) under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that the government of the people , by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. (Meaning that our way of life ie: freedom, justice,etc. shall not die).

    President Lincoln had given his brief speech a lot of thought. He saw meaning in the fact that the Union victory at Gettysburg coincided with the nation’s birthday; but rather than focus on the specific battle in his remarks, he wanted to present a broad statement about the larger significance of the war. He invoked the Declaration of Independence, and its principles of liberty and equality, and he spoke of “a new birth of freedom” for the nation. In his brief address, he continued to reshape the aims of the war for the American people—transforming it from a war for Union to a war for Union and freedom. Although Lincoln expressed disappointment in the speech initially, it has come to be regarded as one of the most elegant and eloquent speeches in U.S. history.

    Perhaps the most famous battle of the Civil War took place at Gettysburg, PA, July 1 to July 3, 1863. At the end of the battle, the Union’s Army of the Potomac had successfully repelled the second invasion of the North by the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia. Several months later, President Lincoln went to Gettysburg to speak at the dedication of the cemetery for the Union war dead. Speaking of a “new birth of freedom,” he delivered one of the most memorable speeches in U.S. history.

    The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in United States history It was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.

    At the end of the Battle of Gettysburg, more than 51,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were wounded, missing, or dead. Many of those who died were laid in makeshift graves along the battlefield. Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin commissioned David Wills, an attorney, to purchase land for a proper burial site for the deceased Union soldiers. Wills acquired 17 acres for the cemetery, which was planned and designed by landscape architect William Saunders.

    The cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863. The main speaker for the event was Edward Everett, one of the nation’s foremost orators. President Lincoln was also invited to speak “as Chief Executive of the nation, formally set apart these grounds to their sacred use by a few appropriate remarks.” At the ceremony, Everett spoke for more than 2 hours; Lincoln spoke for 2 minutes.

  • Gettysburg Address Meaning

  • My daughter once had to copy the Gettysburg Address three times as a form of discipline from her music teacher. My husband is the historian, he’s thinking now: ” The Gettysburg Address was the decisive instrument that bound the wounds of a torn nation. The conflict had pitted brother against brother, and President Lincoln used this declaration to apply balm which cured hatred and derision.” Didn’t I marry a brilliant man?

  • It is a plea that the soldiers who died at Gettysburg be seen as contributing to the democratic ideals of America. Without directly mentioning the idea of slavery, it stresses the ideals of equality. More than the overt meaning is the style: simple, noble, dignified, and not in the least pompous, one of the most moving, if not the absolutely most moving, speeches ever made by an American politician.

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    It’s nice poetry, but its meaning is crap. Take a passage such as, “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” Whose dead? The Union’s? The Confederacy’s? It would make no sense to refer to all the dead–after all, they were fighting each other. One side’s soldiers *had* to die in vain–namely, the Confederacy’s, because they lost. And his closing passage, “…that the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” But Lincoln was fighting for precisely the opposite of these ideals. The Civil War was fought because the people of the South wanted the right to govern themselves, whereas Lincoln wanted to impose Federal rule on those States. What most people don’t understand is that the United States, up until this point, had a very weak Federal government. The States had far more control over their own internal affairs than they do today (thanks to Lincoln), and the citizens of those States considered themselves to be as much Tennesseans, Virginians, Georgians or whatever, as much as they were Americans. Lincoln ended that. And thereby paved the way for Federal control over the minute details of our lives–from making sure we buckle up when we drive, to how many gallons our toilet tanks are allowed to hold. What we must learn in school, and what drugs, prescription or otherwise, we are allowed to use. So when I say that Lincoln’s speech was beautiful crap, what I mean is that it was full of this sort of thing–stirring words that conveyed no meaning, due to their self-contradiction and ignorance of reality.

  • Don’t they teach history in this country anymore? This was President Lincoln’s tribute delivered at Gettysburg to those who gave their lives for this great country of ours. I suggest you Google it or go to Wikipedia for a better answer.

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