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1 The Gettysburg Address Written and delivered by Abraham Lincoln Power point by Cheyanne Wescott

2 A little bit of background The Gettysburg Address was delivered on November 19 th, 1863 as a dedication of a cemetery at the site of a bloody battle in and around Gettysburg, PA. The fight started July 1 st and officially ended July 4 th, our nation’s birthday. The Battle of Gettysburg left more than 51,000 on either side of the battle wounded or dead, and the dead were lying in makeshift graves along the battlefield.

3 Summary Lincoln’s famous address lasted only two minutes, but it was an inspirational, heartfelt, and solemn speech that honored the fallen and rallied those still fighting. It was supposed to be a dedication ceremony, but Lincoln turned the moment into a salute and list of reasons to still fight this civil war. “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.”

4 Analysis Pathos: made patriotic comments and honored the dead, i.e. “… from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they have here, gave the last full measure of devotion…” Effect: inspired feelings of patriotism and pride in the audience, and reminded them why they need to keep fighting so those who died did not do so in vain.

5 Analysis (cont’d) Imagery: “… a new birth of freedom...”, “… shall not perish from the earth.”, “great battle field of the war.” Effect: paints a dramatic picture of the goings on of the war and incites solemnity and/or hope with the audience.

6 Analysis (cont’d) Charged words: engaged, struggled, consecrate, hallow, devotion, perish Effect: gives gravity to his argument; i.e. struggled makes you feel empathetic and/or proud of the fallen soldiers/those involved with the war effort.

7 Its Significance The Gettysburg Address is a lasting reminder of the horrible battles fought during the Civil War to keep our nation together. The speech was very inspiring, and the two minutes he spent talking were all it took to take the war from being just a war between the rebellious South and the steadfast North, into a war about the freedom and equality our forefathers intended. Without this address and its inspiring words, the war might not’ve turned out the same way, and where would that leave America?

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10 Works Cited "The Battle of Gettysburg: The Wheat Field." Thomaslegion.net. Web. 15 Feb "The Gettysburg Address (1863)." Ourdocuments.gov. Web. 15 Feb "The Gettysburg Address." Wikipedia.com. 2 Feb Web. 15 Feb "Gettysburg Battle American Civil War July 1863." Americancivilwar.com. Web. 15 Feb. 2012


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