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 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.
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.
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.
November 22, 2013
IN RESPONSE to Stuart Caesar's letter and his comment about JFK being a "conservative Republican," allow me to quote the former president defending liberalism: "If by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties - someone who...
August 26, 2010
Honoring more hallowed ground in Gettysburg with links to the pivotal Civil War battle and President Abraham Lincoln's historic visit makes far better sense than bringing a casino to the neighborhood. As the state Gaming Control Board convenes a hearing Tuesday on the proposed casino in Gettysburg, gambling proponents will argue that a casino there will boost the local economy. But building a full-blown casino just a half-mile south of where thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers fought and died is as much economic folly as it is an affront to their memory.