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Current Event November 29, 2013

Understanding Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln gave a short speech to honor those who had died at the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought in July of that year. After a two hour speech by politician Edward Everett, Lincoln spoke for just over two minutes. In just 272 words Lincoln explicitly linked human equality and democracy to the Union war effort. This statement of purpose has lived on and remains one of the most famous speeches of the Civil War. Listen to hear the Gettysburg Address and learn more about the historical context in which it was delivered.

Civil War Civics/Government US History I

Story Length: 7:20

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National Public Radio

AIR DATE: 11/19/2013

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