Essay on Graduation Speech : The Gettysburg Address

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Gettysburg Address
I. Introduction The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches given by Lincoln. There are various things about the speech that make it so memorable, however, one of the most important parts of the speech is the unity of past and present. Lincoln makes it a point to talk about the past specifically in the first line he states that 87 years ago a new nation was founded and that now is the time to see whether or not this nation can truly endure. This is a powerful beginning and helps to set the tone of his address. It is important to understand the background of the address in order to better see exactly what was going in history to be able to see why this choice of bringing past and present together was a necessary decision. It is also key to understand the word choice of words that bring past and present together and the impact that it had on the speech.
II. Background The Gettysburg Address was given in during a very tumultuous time in American history. With the civil war on the minds of the people Lincoln had to give a speech to the public in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. While now most people can see this as one of the most remarkable speeches of all time, that was not the case at the time. The people at the time did not see the importance of the words of Lincoln, as quoted by Barry Schwarts (2005) “Not one lithograph or statue of Lincoln at Gettysburg appeared during or after the Civil War. Neither the press nor the public regarded the…

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