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Happy Birthday, Gettysburg Address!

19th November 2010

On this day in 1863, 147 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

His Speech was delivered at the dedication of the National Cemetery, and followed a bloody battle that represented the beginning of the end for the Confederacy: Lincoln began: “Fourscore 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.”

To read more about Gettysburg, the American Civil War, and President Abraham Lincoln see our series on The North’s Civil War and Reconstructing America both edited by Paul A. Cimbala, Fordham University.

Lincoln Delivering Gettysburg Address: At the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln (center) delivered the now famous Gettysburg Address (photographed by Matthew Brady). (Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS) history.com

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