City of Brass

City of Brass


word cloud and text of the Gettysburg Address

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

On November 19th, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery where 51,000 soldiers (both Union and Confederate) were killed, wounded, or missing just a few months earlier. In honor pf President Lincoln’s birthday, I think a word cloud of the text of his shortest, and yet most important, speech is a fitting tribute, as well as the transcript so that his words can speak for themselves.

gettysburg

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow, this ground — The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, 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.

I find it fitting that the dominant word is “Nation”. That was, after all, the sole object of President Lincoln’s concern during his tenure, and rightly so.

Related: The actual “delivery copy” of the Gettysburg Address is somewhat unknown, as there are multiple versions. The version above is the Nicolay copy.



  • Jason

    How are these word clouds generated? They’re really beautiful.

  • Taha Raja

    SarahG:
    Honoring multiple personalities Lincoln and Mohammed together is not contradictory. Both are great leaders who have inspired generations. Arguably Mohammed today inspired billions on the planet to live a peaceful modest life. I urge you to do more research and reading on the life of Mohammed and more specifically read about a particular group of Muslims and their leader, the Dawoodi Bohras who by many standards are considered the true followers of Islam and represent the essence of what Islam is all about.
    Yuur statement about Mohammed is a clear indication that you are taking history out of context and have not fully understood the implications of what you are saying. It is OK to voice your opinion and I respect your point of view. But I respectfully ask that you read more into the details of the life of both leaders that Aziz talks about (Lincoln and Mohammed) and determine if the statement you are making is a fair assessment of your allegation.
    Taha

Previous Posts

Vote now in the (delayed slightly) Brass Crescent Awards!
Voting in this year's Brass Crescent Awards is now underway, after a few months' delay. Here's the explanation from the official site: We would like to sincerely apologize for the delay in this year's voting. The reason for the delay was that we did not have sufficient blogsphere nominations as w

posted 10:30:42pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Midamar halal beef - charged with fraud
This is disturbing news - the company Midamar, well known for its halal meat products, has been charged with fraud for falsely advertising its beef as halal to Muslims: The indictment said the companies told customers its cattle were slaughtered by hand by specially trained Muslim slaughtermen w

posted 10:45:40pm Dec. 15, 2014 | read full post »

men should accept blame; women should assert agency
The following rant was posted on Facebook by a friend of mine, and I have her permission to reproduce it in its entirety. Systems of patriarchy are sometimes so entrenched, we just accept them as part of normal daily interactions. Popular discourse often maintains that it's men who do such and s

posted 10:56:12pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »

My first day of wearing rida to school
Zainab Jamali is a teenaged Muslim American girl in Los Angeles. As a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, she recently took her misaq (an oath marking the symbolic pas

posted 10:08:13am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square
Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a huge crowd of Indian expats in New York City on Monday night, outlining his vision of India's future and mak

posted 4:29:29pm Oct. 01, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.