04.19.11

The Gettysburg Address (p.480)

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:45 am by mrpappas

Background

The Battle of Gettysburg, which took place in Pennsylvania in 1863, was a turning point of the Civil War.  In that bloody three-day battle, Union forces prevented Confederate forces from moving north, thus confining the war mainly to the South.  The battle left at least 51,000 soldiers dead, wounded , or missing. 

On November 19, 1863, part of the battlefield was dedicated as a military cemetery.  President Abraham Lincoln was asked to make some remarks at the dedication.  Although very brief, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is considered one of the greatest speeches by a U.S. political leader.  It is notable especially for its vision of American democracy.

After You Read

Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

1.  What two American ideals seem most important to Abraham Lincoln? Do you agree with him? Explain.

2. What challenges does Lincoln propose for the future? How is honoring the dead connected to that challenge?

3. Find two examples of refrains in Lincoln’s speech.  What ideas is he trying to emphasize in each case?

4. Describe in a sentence or two what you think the theme, or message, of the Gettysburg Address is.



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  1.    Malcolm said,

    April 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

    2. To keep a free nation concieved in liberty.
    3. One refrain is the concept of libery and the other is to rememebr the peoples whose lives were taken.
    4. The message/theme to me is that we should remember and honor the people hat have lost their lives and not let them die for no reason and keep us free as a nation.

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  2.    Ozia said,

    April 19, 2011 at 9:52 am

    1) We should have our birth of freedom, and that the government of the people, we shall not parish.

    2) That the world will never remember the things he said.

    3) Conssecrate and hallow. It means to make or declare holy.

    4) He is saying that we can win the war if we try. We can do better than what we did before.

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  3.    myles said,

    April 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    1. That they engaged in a great civil war.

    2. That there should be a new birth of freedom.

    3. He wanted to make or declare holy.

    4. To make people believe in what he is saying in his speech

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  4.    Cameron J. said,

    April 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

    1. What two American ideals seem most important to Abraham Lincoln? Do you agree with him? Explain.
    a. Slavery and independence because he doesn’t want slavery and wants independence from the south.

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  5.    Mitchell said,

    April 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    1. the two american ideals are independance and slavery i agree with him because i wouldnt want anyone no one to be a slave.
    2. no more slavery and independace for everyone and to remember what the soldiers did.
    3.

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  6.    Montel said,

    April 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    1.Freedom and dedication and i agree with it.

    2. To finish unfinished work.

    3 New birth to an country.

    4. That we should live in peace and unity.

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  7.    susan m. said,

    April 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    1. That they remember and that the people who died there and not just forget what happened and to ignore the fact but fight and keep fighting for the freedom and what the country was built on.
    2. That they shall always remember what the brave men did and how they fougt and keep fighing to win the war so that they didn’t die in vein. Since the died dyed for them and the war freedom of everyone that’s why it’s a huge thing for them to remember them.
    3. Four score and seven years means the time when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here. Its wrong because even today we are studing them.
    4. Keep fighting and don’t give up after all this work, death, the pain we have gone though don’t let it get to you and keep fighting. We need to live up to It and finish the war and not give up.

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  8.    kyley said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    1. He thinks a lot about liberty and dedication.
    2. He thinks that many people would remember this tragdedy and they did.
    3. He is saying we cant dedicate , consecrate or hollow the ground. He doesn’t want people to remember this past experience.
    4. He is trying to tell people not to be down by this and he is encouraging freedom and he feels people shall not perish from the earth.

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  9.    karlyn said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    1. What two American ideals seem most important to Abraham Lincoln? Do you agree with him? Explain. That all people are created equal and I do agree with him all the way that when they said all people are equal they did not include the African american
    2. What challenges does Lincoln propose for the future? How is honoring the dead connected to that challenge? Having a free nation, and the dead fought to give freedom and unite the nation
    3. Find two examples of refrains in Lincoln’s speech. What ideas is he trying to emphasize in each case?
    4. Describe in a sentence or two what you think the theme, or message, of the Gettysburg Address is. I think it is to say that what happened there was a big turning point in the war and that it means one step closer to a new nation where everything is united and rights are distributed evenly

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  10.    Deasia said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    1. Two American ideals that seemed most important were honesty and freedom. I do agree with him because I think that is important for Americans to have.
    2. Lincoln proposed

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  11.    Arely said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    1. That the people died fighting for freedom. I agree that we should always remember them.
    2. That in the future we will not remember what they did and fought for. But the thing is that we do.
    4. I think that the theme is that we should always remember what the people in the past did for us to make this world a better place. And all that president Lincoln did.

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  12.    Claudia F. said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    1. I was to have freedom and protection. I agree with this because everyone deserves freedom and protection.
    2. The challenges were the war and getting people to agree with what he says and honoring the dead relates to this because they were in war trying to make the country better, which is what Lincoln wanted.
    3. When he says we cannot consecrate and we cannot dedicate. He was trying to get people to see a different perspective on things.
    4. I think it is from when he says “It is rather for us to be here dedicated…etc.”

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  13.    Yolanda said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    1. The two ideals were protecting the country and honor the people who fought in the war. I agree with him because everyone deserves honor in some way. And also freedom was one ideal.
    2. The challenges were the war and people agreeing with what he says. People don’t think that honoring the dead is a good thing I guess.
    3. When he says we cannot consecrate and we cannot dedicate. He was trying to make people see something different in life.

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  14.    izzy said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    1. It was conceived in liberty, and dedeicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Yes becuause he saying everyone is equal.
    2. He is saying that if they make the wrong choice the country could be affected in the future. His saying that they should remeber those who gave up their lifes.
    3.
    4. I think it was a very good speech. He stood up for whats right even the others didnt.

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  15.    Jonathan G. said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    1. The two important American ideals that were important to Lincoln were the creation of the U.S. and the endurance of the nation. Yes I do agree with him because both of these were important for the future were I am today.
    2. Lincoln’s challenges for the future is the dedication to the dead. Honoring the dead is connected to the challenge because the land is already consecrated.
    3. He is trying to emphasize the nobility of the dead heroes.

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  16.    Muneerah M said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    1. What two American ideals seem most important to Abraham Lincoln? Do you agree with him? Explain.
    The two American ideals that seem most important to Abraham Lincoln are liberty and dedication. I agree because freedom is one of the most important things this country was built upon.
    2. What challenges does Lincoln propose for the future? How is honoring the dead connected to that challenge?
    The challenges that Lincoln proposes for the future is whether we can make it last that way in the freedom that it was built upon and fight for it. The dead are connected because they fought for that freedom and they died fighting for it.
    3. Find two examples of refrains in Lincoln’s speech. What ideas is he trying to emphasize in each case?

    4. Describe in a sentence or two what you think the theme, or message, of the Gettysburg Address is.
    I think the message is to always fight for liberty and believe that every man was created to be equal to the other and that dedication is very important to keep anything going.

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  17.    Patrick said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    1. The war and the outcome of it, I agree with him because the event is mainly focused on the war, casualties and the outcome of it.
    2. They will still be working on the integrating the nation and the freedom of America.
    3. I think that Lincoln was trying to focus on the deaths and outcome of the war.

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  18.    alejandra sanchez said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    1 because the soldiers loss their live for us freedom whet we have to do remember and honor them a lest a ceremony
    2 is no more people need to die for freedom and staring there everyone is totally free
    3 is free will be better and no one else have to loss their live for nobody else
    4 he was trying to make everyone see that free is more helping the anything else

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  19.    Jurrell said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    1. The two ideals that were most important were: All men are created equal and that the nation was conceived in liberty. I agree with him because I think that everyone should have a fair chance no one should get a edge.
    2. The nation being free and the government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth. Honoring the dead is connected to this challenge because if we remember the dead we are thinking about what they fought for.
    3. Dedicated and people, these are used because the people are important and their dedication is important to the United States.
    4. The theme of this speech is that everyone that has fought in the civil war is important and they should not be forgotten.

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  20.    Stephan said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    1. That all men are created equal and freedom are ideals that seem important to Abraham Lincoln. I 100% agree with him. These ideals are important for a nation to prosper.

    2. That the nation dedicate themselves to the work the dead have fought here. Also, that the nation be free, and that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not persih from the earth.

    3. Two examples of refrains in his speech are dedicated and people. He is trying to emphasize that the people and their dedication are very important to the country.

    4. I think the theme of the Gettysburg Address is that the people are the most important part of the United States.

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  21.    Isaiah said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    1. Two American ideals that seemed most important to Abraham Lincoln were all men are created equal and freedom. I do agree with him because all men are created equal and everyone should be free.
    2. Lincoln proposed that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
    3. Two examples are dedicated and people. He is trying to emphasize that that America is dedicated and the people are becoming a new nation.
    4. The theme of the Gettysburg Address is that the people is the most important part of the U.S

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  22.    Yazan said,

    April 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    1. All men are created equal and freedom.
    2. For the nation to be free and the nation of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
    3. Dedicatedd and people are the examples. He’s trying to emphasize that the America is dedicated and the people are important to it.
    4. The theme is that the people are the most important part of the United States.

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  23.    Ciera W said,

    April 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    1. The two ideals that seem important to Lincoln was everyone being equal and everyone being united as one in freedom.
    2. Lincoln challenges the future to carry on the unfinished work that men fought for. Honoring the dead is connected to the challenge because its prasing them for what they done and saying we can finish it.
    3. Lincoln is trying to emphazie being equal and having having freedom. Also hes emphazing that the people can only make this situation better.
    4. To me the message is to have peace and freedom in our country. He wanted all to equal and have freedom , also to carry on and finish on a good note what we started.

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  24.    Damone said,

    April 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    1. Two American ideals that seem most important to Abraham Lincoln were that all men are created equally and freedom. I agree with him because he is right everybody should be treated the same and that they should be free regardless of color or race.
    2.Lincoln proposes that the nation will have a new birth of freedom and the government will not perish. Honoring the dead is connected because they fought for freedom of slaves and for freedom period.
    3. Two examples of refrains are dedicated and nation. He is trying to emphasize that America is dedicated in becoming a new nation and becoming better.
    4.The theme of the Gettysburg Address is to talk about how America was in a war and the dead need to be honored for fighting.

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  25.    Austin said,

    April 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    1.all men are created equal,that instead of inhansing free rights they went straight to war.i do angree with him because all men should be treated equal.
    2.he thinks that all people should be treated equal,to honor all the soldiers that have died for us.
    3.he is trying to have everyone treated equal and that everyone get equal rights.
    4.i think it is a quote to everyone to tell you that everyone has rights and no one is a slave.

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  26.    tyree said,

    April 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    1. Ending the war and slave states.
    2. Stop for the sake of the dead amount.
    3. He will win.
    4. God will birth a new freedom.

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  27.    Chris M said,

    April 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    1. Honoring the dead and giving them a resting place.

    2.We will make the wrong choices. If we honor the dead we will fight for freedom and make the right choices.

    3.To honor the dead. We need to fight for freedom for all people.

    4.That we should fight for freedom and not let those men die without a purpose

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  28.    Turab said,

    April 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

    1. All men are treated equally and a united nation. I agree with him because these are things that are important to America.
    2. He was talking about the Civil War and how he has unfinished business to do. This relates to honoring the dead because soldiers lost their lives in war for America.
    3. And this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from earth. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. He is trying to say that our own people cannot runaway.
    4. I think the message of The Gettysburg Address has to do with war. I think its trying to say that there is no point in war.

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  29.    Samantha Boylan said,

    April 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    1. His two ideals were slavery and the Civil War. I agree and don’t agree because there ar more things that could be ideal other than those two things.
    2. He propose in the future that no one will remember this speech.Him honoring the dead connected to that challenge was that no one would remember what he said about it.
    3.The idea he is trying to emphasize in each case is
    4. I think the message is that people should remember what happened hear. People shouldn’t for get thi9s day.

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  30.    selita said,

    April 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

    1. he spke to a crowed right out side.
    2.he only had about two minutes to speak.
    3.it was the only place he could do it.
    4.his choice was to be the best president
    5.his respons to his few appropriate remarks.

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  31.    ashanti said,

    April 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

    1. The War was when President Abrham Lincln gave his speech.
    2. To honor soldrs that had died.
    3. Abrham Lincln,s speech was to muintes and Edward Evertt,s speechwas two hours.
    4.His love of poretry shack sper and thought.
    5.so people could talk to him

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  32.    RJ said,

    April 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    1. Abraham Lincoln wanted a civilized nation and I think he wanted declaration. Yes, I do agree with what he was saying becuse i would want everyone to get treated equally and right.
    2.A free non slave country united as one. lincoln probaly honored the dead becuase his mother passed away when he was young and becuase all of the dead and missing soldiers.
    3.”1.We can not dedicate we can not consecrate we can not hallow this ground. 2.The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”
    I think when lincoln says that he means we should be bigger and braver people.
    4. It meant that the sacrifices of the dead—he gave inspiration to the living. Rather than accept the address as a few

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  33.    kyley said,

    April 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    1. The american ideal that he believed in were that all men were created equally. He also felt that the war was testing whether the nation conceived of dedicated can endure.
    2. He doesn’t want anybody to remember the past. Also what happened during the war and all the people who have died.
    3. He said that he wanted all the bravemen living and dead to be rememebered and not just died in vane. He doesn’t want people to forget these men that have died and what they have done for the nation.
    4. I think the main theme was for him to inform everyone to remember these people and don’t think they didn’t die in vane.

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  34.    Malik said,

    April 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    The Gettysburg Address
    1 The ideas were slavery and freedom.
    2 A world of no slavery. Because the dead fought for the same rights.
    3 In the last two paragraphs. No slavery is what he is trying to emphasize.
    4 That slavery should be no more.

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  35.    David said,

    April 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    1. His first ideal is that our nation is and will be conceived in liberty. Another ideal is that all men are created equal.
    2. The challenge could be the difference between races and slavery. Honoring the people that fought for freedom is one step.
    3. He uses the word “people” often, which is a reference to us and how it is up to us to change the future.
    4. The message of this is that we need to take the test and determine if our country will remain in order or perish.

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  36.    Ruben said,

    April 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    1. His first ideal is that our nation is and will be conceived in liberty. Another ideal is that all men are created equal.
    2. The challenge could be the difference between races and slavery. Honoring the people that fought for freedom is one step.
    3. He uses the word “people” often, which is a reference to us and how it is up to us to change the future.
    4. The message of this is that we need to take the test and determine if our country will remain in order or perish.

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  37.    Roscoe P said,

    April 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    1.Honoring and remembering, and i do agree that honoring and remembering people is a great thing
    2. To honor and remember the people who fought and died down there.
    3. That we here highly resolbe that these ead shall not have died in vain and is a birth for new freedom.
    4. To remeber and that this is a birth for a new nation

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  38.    dajha said,

    April 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    1. the two American ideals that was important was dedication & democracy. Yes i agree with him because i believe in dedication & democracy
    2. He challenge the people to continue the unfinished work, that the soldiers have fought for. It reminds the people what was happening at that time.
    3. In the first case he was trying to emphasize that the soldiers who fought on the land had already declared it holy. The second case he was emphasizing how strong our devotion was to the people who fought there.
    4. It basically was just saying how to remember the soldiers that fought & died there & to remember what they fought for.

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  39.    Alicia said,

    April 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    1. The two American ideals that seemed important to Lincoln were for the living to dedicate themselves to the causes for which the soldiers gave their lives and that the slaves to be given freedom and that the United States shouldn’t be divided. I do agree with Lincoln because I my third great grandpa fought in the war and died and I feel that it is right to show respect to the dead because he and the other soldiers gave up their lives to give slaves the freedom that they deserved and that the nation shouldn’t be divided because of some disagreement of slavery being extended or not.

    2. The challenges that Lincoln propose for the future were war and slavery and the way they are connected to honoring the dead is that there were worries of the war being lost to the Rebels and if the war were to be lost, slavery would still be in existence and the slaves would never be free and if there were no freedom, there will be no respect shown to the living or dead of the Union soldiers.

    3. The ideas Lincoln was trying to emphasize were freedom and devotion that should be given to the living/soldiers who gave up their lives for the freedom of others.

    4. I personally believe that the message of the Gettysburg Address was to tell those who were present at the ceremony dedicated to the soldiers who lived and who gave up their lives on that particular ground that he/she were standing on to take time out of their day(s) and show respect to the soldiers who died in vain, in order for we Americans to have the freedom that we deserved and to not only focus on the freedom that they now have, but to remember those who were willing to give up their lives for OUR/their freedom.

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  40.    Alaina said,

    April 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    1.Liberty and equality are the two ideals that I do agree with. Everybody have their own ways of living and everybody diserves liberty.
    2.The future will little note or remember what they said but will remember what they did. Remember and honoring the dead will strengthen your feelings for the past generations.
    3.”That we are here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain- that this nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” The future has a job to do: carry out the freedom that those men fought for.
    4.We need to make the battle more important than we think and make the soldiers proud.

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  41.    Jasmyne said,

    April 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    1. He talks about how the battlefield the soldiers fought on should not be made holy, and that this country should become a new country.
    2. He wants to challenge this nation from perishing from the earth. He also doesn’t want the men who fought in the war to die in vain.
    3. He used consecrate twice. In that, he’s trying to say that we can not make fighting holy. The second example is dedicate. He did saw that we dedicate a lot things to important things. Like the piece the field to the fallen soldiers.
    4. I think the theme of the Gettysburg Adress is that this country was created with freedom in mind. Not wars between each other and slavery.

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  42.    Ciera said,

    April 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

    1. he wanted slavery to stop and stop the soliders from dieing . I agree with him because slaves should be freed , theres no reason for the black people to be treated different than whites.
    2. he wanted peace . Because the slaves that died have helped to make this country peacful trying to make us all equal.
    3. He’s ttrying not to dedicate this pseech or concencrate this peech to the dead soldiers
    4.Lincoln’s aim in his Gettysburg Address was to extol liberty and honor the people fighting for our nation who died in hope that there would still be a nation in the end.

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