Thursday, 12 February 2009

Today: 200th Birthday of Abraham Lincoln

I have always been fascinated by Abraham Lincoln. Since the days in secondary school when I started learning about American history and international politics. I read biographies about him, watched movies (of course with one starring Henry Fonda) - and I love the piece on America by Johnny Cash where, besides many other things, he recites the Gettysburg Address.

Today is the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. A good opportunity for recalling the Gettysburg Address - below taken from Wikisource:

"Fourscore 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 a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate…we cannot consecrate…we cannot hallow…this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain;
that 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."

November 19, 1863

1 comment:

Ashton said...

I too, have been fascinated by the life of Lincoln. And no one recites the Gettysburg Address better than Johnny Cash. :)