The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln that was delivered during the American Civil War on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The speech has been highly praised as one of the greatest speeches in American history and an important statement of America’s founding principles.
In 272 words, President Abraham Lincoln redefined the Civil War as it had been fought up to that point and set a new purpose for it. He did not just talk about winning a war against slavery; he made it clear that this war was about something bigger: “a new birth of freedom”.
The tone of this speech is very serious and solemn. It is meant to be read from a podium with great formality so that people will take it seriously and listen intently without distractions or interruptions.
Last modified: September 20, 2022