Wednesday 24 October 2018

Washington Diary

The White House (stock picture)
The White House (stock picture)
Cormac Bourke

Cormac Bourke

On the afternoon of November 19, 1863 - on the site of the American Civil War's bloodiest battle - US president Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech as part of the official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

The Gettysburg Address can be considered the most famous speech in US political history, and perhaps the most significant.

In its final sentence, President Lincoln said: "This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

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