147 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address. Though it took him just two minutes to deliver, the speech has had an effect on our nation’s ideals that has lasted over a century. His opening lines mirror those of the Declaration of Independence:
Four score 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.
[W]e 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.
Wow, that brings back high school history–and still sends chills down my spine. for the complete text, head to Encylopedia Brittanica.