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Gettysburg Address

Striking Lawmakers Walk Off the Job

Joseph Urgo | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
Joseph Urgo

What is shut down right now is the work of a very small portion of the American people with a very large set of responsibilities. These are our elected federal lawmakers.

The Moral Matters

Christopher Holshek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are a rarity in the world in that they identify themselves not by human categorization but by an idea forged 237 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. A state of mind as much as a state of being is what enables the United States to be the premier nation of nations.

Part II: One Nation Under God -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.03.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

I am an American and the descendant of slaves. One of them was the first African-American invited as a guest into the White House. His name was Frederick Douglass. I am also a descendant of a man who led the South's Confederate troops during the Civil War. His name was General Robert E. Lee.

Rights, Patriotism and Service: Fourth of July Reflections

Ed Crego | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego

Ms. Davis, her Democratic colleagues, and those "average citizens" who stood with them acted as patriots. So, too, we should add, are the Republicans who in support of their own beliefs and principles opposed them.

The Meaning of Gettysburg Beyond our Borders

Salvador Litvak | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

Because it was an American battle fought within an American war, most people believe the outcome was of little interest beyond our borders. In truth, however, Gettysburg had tremendous international impact then, and it continues to do so today.

'Four Score and Seven Years Ago': A Jewish Connection

Marc Saperstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Marc Saperstein

July 4, 1863 was a Saturday, and Rabbi Sabato Morais delivered his Sabbath morning sermon. His sermon contains a phrase that might well have influenced the most celebrated speech in American history.

Gettysburg and Gridlock

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.

Damaged Statue Returns For Gettysburg Anniversary

AP | GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — An opening volley of musket fire ushered in the start of the milestone commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg on Friday, 15...

Gettysburg Celebrates Civil War Milestone

AP | MARK SCOLFORO | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn't been the same since. The couple of hundred...

Civil War Buffs Get Ready For Battle Of Gettysburg Anniversary

AP | BY GENARO C. ARMAS | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Thousands of Civil War buffs are getting ready for the pinnacle of their re-enacting careers when they gather in Pennsylvania ...

Illinois House: Pass Marriage Equality to Make the "Land of Lincoln" Worthy of its Name

Brian Levin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago
Brian Levin

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would surely deliver "The Springfield Address" that goes something like this.

American Crisis

William E. White | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
William E. White

We live in critical times. So has every other generation of American citizens. We cannot realize the promise of our American Revolution by restoring the past. We cannot become the "summer soldier and sunshine patriot" of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis.

Transformed by History: Gettysburg College's Call to Service

Janet Riggs | Posted 05.29.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

When the Civil War made its way to Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College stood in its midst. Forty eight of the 116 students enrolled in the College at that time abandoned their studies and joined Company A, 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia Regiment.

Gettysburg Address On Display

AP | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One of five known manuscripts of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is going on display at the Library of Congress. Beginning Fr...

Iraq, Stalingrad, Gettysburg and the Limits of Remembrance

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

Anniversaries show us the eventual futility and limits of human remembrance -- especially when it comes to tragic political events like wars and battles. 2013 marks a striking confluence of martial anniversaries.

Library Of Congress Will Show Historical Address

AP | Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — The Library of Congress plans to display a copy of the Gettysburg Address over a six-week period starting later this month. The Jo...

Republican Sad Because Obama Says His Ideas Are "American"... That's What Lincoln Did, MLK Too

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Obama did, however, ground his inclusive conception of our national identity and, yes, his progressive political philosophy securely in our American traditions and history going back two centuries. Mr. Hazelwood takes umbrage? Fine.

Obama and Reagan in Dialogue

Annabel Park | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Annabel Park

I do think Obama was responding to Reagan's vision, but not to tell Reagan that he was wrong, but to tell some of his Republican disciples of today who use Reagan's words and legacy that this version of America has become outdated.

A Speech That Speaks to Our Progressive Traditions

Mike Lux | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my friends who are cynical, who say it is just a speech, just words, I would argue that if you look at America's history, words matter.

6 Secrets of Giving a Good Speech

Glen McDaniel | Posted 03.09.2013 | Business
Glen McDaniel

After years of speaking to groups of all sizes, I still do not think I have it down completely. I had to really think hard, therefore, when a friend asked me recently how I gave such good talks and if I would mind sharing my "secrets."

A Common Sense Prescription for Washington

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What we have now is not what they envisioned, nor the "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" that President Lincoln called for in the Gettysburg Address. With the stakes as high as they are, you would think that some common sense would prevail in Washington.

Gettysburg Redux

Saladin Ambar | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Saladin Ambar

And as Lincoln did at Gettysburg, President Obama can remind those that lost on the (electoral) battlefield, that they too are participants in the great and ongoing battle of democracy.

President Obama and the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Michael Tomaso | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Michael Tomaso

Next year, on November 19, 2013, we get to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the speech that set the moral compass for "a new birth of freedom."

Lincoln Film Offers Opportunity to Take a Deeper Look at Aspects of Lincoln's Presidency

Kate Kelly | Posted 01.19.2013 | Entertainment
Kate Kelly

For Americans, the mere mention of "Four score and seven years ago..." brings to mind President Lincoln giving the address he delivered at Gettysburg 149 years ago on November 19, 1863. But what else do we know about the occasion?

Steven Spielberg & The Gettysburg Address

AP | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Director Steven Spielberg will deliver the keynote address at an observance commemorating the 149th anniversary of President Abraha...