Abraham Lincoln Speech – The Gettysburg Address

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Abraham Lincoln Speech : The Gettysburg Address

Washington – 19 November 1863

At only 246 words long the Gettysburg address is one of the shortest speeches that we have featured. The most famous part of the speech is the “government of the people – by the people – for the people”. This is another example of the rule of three.

Here is the text in full:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. 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 hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, to stand here, we here be 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 these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, 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.
This is also quite a nice quote by Abraham Lincoln – ” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to speak out and remove all doubt.”


Published On: 20th Apr 2009

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  1. lincoln was really a great personality

    ubaid shafi 25 Jul at 7:07 pm
  2. abrahams definition of democracy has gone this way-democracy is off the people,bye the people,and far the people………..

    ubaid shafi - danter 25 Jul at 7:10 pm
  3. I like the speech

    Anonymous 6 Feb at 10:50 am
  4. I like the speech of lincoln

    Irfan Muneer Rahaman 6 Feb at 10:53 am
  5. We are studying tis In class lol

    Tori 21 Nov at 3:00 am
  6. amazing!!!

    Rani 16 Jan at 1:34 pm
  7. this speech could be BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean im telling the truth.

    ryan 8 Mar at 2:03 am
  8. thanks

    alexia 8 Mar at 2:04 am
  9. Words are so powerful..

    Best speech in history

    Ryan 5 May at 7:41 pm
  10. i like the speech

    maria 6 Aug at 1:06 pm
  11. Best president ever!!!

    Mary 26 Feb at 12:24 am
  12. I loved the speech

    Anonymous 13 May at 8:28 pm
  13. nice!!!!

    Adarsh 11 Aug at 1:45 pm
  14. This speech is amazing! one of my favorites

    Tom Brady 25 Mar at 12:49 am
  15. Love it powerful have to memorize

    jazmyne 14 May at 1:30 am
  16. I like this speech

    dominican swagga 9 May at 7:48 pm
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