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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Lincoln at Gettysburg
Seven score and 11 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, recognized as one of the finest speeches in American history. He not only commemorated the battlefield, but defined the scope of the Civil War in 272 words. Far fewer than the famed orator, Edward Everett, who preceded him. Had Everett not chosen to include Lincoln's address in his 1864 book on the event, this deceptively simple speech may have been lost in history. The address has been poured over many times since. Garry Wills speaks of its profound importance in this 2011 essay for The Atlantic.