November 19, 1988
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as the final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
November 21, 2003 |
PRESIDENT Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address 140 years ago this week. Although one of the shortest speeches in our history, it is one that continues to instruct, challenge and provoke - even today. On July 3, 1863, 50,000 men, wounded and dead, lay scattered outside a small town in Pennsylvania. The Civil War had brought the nation to its knees in a three-day battle. It was a catastrophe in the ugliest kind of war, a civil war. The rot and stench of the battlefield was inconceivable to those who walked among the dead and wounded.
August 6, 1992 |
"France," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, "was a land, England was a people, but America, having about it that quality of the idea, was harder to utter. " Garry Wills, in his new book, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, says Lincoln uttered it in 272 words. By doing so, Wills argues, Lincoln finished the long founding of the United States. He made this a nation defined by the idea - "dedicated to the proposition" - that all men are created equal. It is, surely, no accident that Wills' book about the most potent presidential rhetoric in American history has become a best seller in this political season.
March 28, 2008 |
The only known signature made by President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg will be sold at auction next week in New York City. The signature, A. Lincoln, is on a page that was part of an autograph book from the dedication of the Gettysburg soldiers' cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863 - the day Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Selby Kiffer, a senior vice president at Sotheby's, said yesterday that while photographs, diaries and newspaper accounts document Lincoln's presence at Gettysburg that day, the autographed book leaf is the only surviving item that Lincoln himself handled on that historic day. "It's tangible evidence of his being there," said Kiffer, who handles historical books and manuscripts for Sotheby's, which is holding the sale Thursday.
July 8, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The commemoration of this year's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and subsequent events includes amenities that soldiers would have relished 150 years ago. A groomed path to the top of Little Round Top. Expanded cellphone coverage. Dozens of portable toilets. The National Park Service and a cadre of community organizers were well-prepared for the commemoration of the pivotal battle of the American Civil War that cemented this small Pennsylvania town's place in U.S history.
April 15, 2014 |
* THE ADDRESS. 9 p.m. tomorrow, WHYY12. KEN BURNS spent years hoping someone would make "The Address. " An intimate, uplifting film about a Vermont boarding school for students with learning disabilities for whom memorizing and reciting Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" is a rite of passage, "The Address" struck Burns ("Baseball," "The War") as a great idea - for someone else. "They asked me about 10 years ago to be a judge" at the school's annual competition, said Burns, who lives and works in New Hampshire, not far from the Greenwood School, in Putney, Vt. "And I went and I just wept like a baby.
January 3, 2014 |
There's an unofficial rule in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that freshman legislators don't speak on the floor. Rep. Madeleine Dean doesn't care for that rule. "Why wouldn't we? We don't know if we're going to get to be a sophomore," Dean said. "I'm not a kid. Time's a-wasting. " The Abington Democrat was sworn into the House on May 8, 2012, and made her first floor speech 29 days later, urging fellow legislators to reject a bill on payday lending. "What this legislation really does is make legal steep and grievous interest rates on the very people who can least afford it," she said of House Bill 2191.
July 3, 2013
By Phillip Price Jr. The attention being paid to Gettysburg this week for the 150th anniversary of the battle is a reminder that our national parks serve as outdoor classrooms, where history comes alive. If we want our children and grandchildren to learn the stories of the Civil War, we must continue to protect and preserve these national treasures. Growing up in Philadelphia, I was told heroic tales about my great-great-grandfather, Gen. George Gordon Meade, colorfully described by some of his troops as that "old goggle-eyed, snapping turtle.
December 31, 2013
AND NOW . . . (I know you've been waiting for it) . . . my annual confession. Bless me, readers, for I have sinned. I have not on every occasion offered flawless analysis. I have on some occasions gotten facts wrong. So here's a list of lapses from my columns and from my Baer Growls blog during 2013. For penance, I openly share such transgressions and pledge to reduce their number in the coming year. Here we go. Due to my lower-than-low confidence in the Pennsylvania Legislature's ability to do anything and my slightly lower confidence in the political acumen of the incumbent governor, I strongly suggested on multiple occasions that the ham-handed hacks of Harrisburg are incapable of addressing significant issues.
September 26, 2008
A LETTER TO the African-American student longing for an African-American teacher: I am an African-American teacher who retired early - and I must admit that I miss you. After reading the article about the high school students longing for teachers of their own race, I am considering coming out of retirement to teach you - but this time I come with instructions. Please do not call me nappy head, bald head or ugly and laugh at me along with students of other races. It really hurts when you do this, not to mention that it reminds me how far we have not come.