The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

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by Abraham Lincoln
     
 

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The Address was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of

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The Address was delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the decisive Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" that would bring true equality to all of its citizens, and that would also create a unified nation in which states' rights were no longer dominant.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McCurdy creates powerful, large-scale black-and-white illustrations like those in his Giants in the Land to match Abraham Lincoln's classic speech in this handsome volume. On oversize pages, scenes of Lincoln delivering the address at the Gettysburg battlefield alternate with visualizations of the imagery contained in it. For example, a line of people carrying building tools marches across the pages as Lincoln proclaims that ``it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work.'' As Lincoln concludes, resolving that ``government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,'' the cheering crowd gazes out from the page into the future-a fitting conclusion to an American classic made new again. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The famous words and stirring ideals of Lincoln's immortal, three-minute speech given at the battlefield at Gettysburg are rendered into a beautiful picture book with detailed, black and white scratchboard illustrations that have the look of the period. The many, large format pictures show Lincoln addressing the crowd, as well as a variety of scenes from the Civil War and related events. A foreword by Garry Wills gives historical background information, while an afterward by the illustrator describes his connection to the Battle of Gettysburg through his great-grandfather who fought there.
School Library Journal
K Up-McCurdy brings the important words of America's 16th president to life for a new generation of children bombarded by violent acts. With just a few lines of Lincoln's speech per double-page spread, a pace is established that allows the language to sink in and take hold. The wood engravings, depicting sweeping panoramas and crowds that continue beyond the page, provide the dark serious tone and high drama appropriate for the subject. (Interestingly, wood engravings were the choice of Leonard Everett Fisher in his interpretation of The Gettysburg Address [Watts, 1963; o.p.]). The scenes alternate between the action of battle and the quiet artifacts left behind, from a parade of slaves-``all men are created equal,'' to a processional of spirited laborers-``dedicated...to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.'' These are interspersed with views of Lincoln addressing the crowd from various perspectives. A brief foreword by Gary Wills, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg (S.&S., 1992) provides insight into the reason for the common burial ground. An afterword by the illustrator explains his family connection to the Civil War and, therefore, his inspiration. A valuable addition for every collection.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Carolyn Phelan
An oversize book, this volume includes an introduction by Gary Wills, an afterword by the artist, and the text of the Gettysburg Address. The large black-and-white illustrations feature scenes of the orator and his audience, as well as pictures they might have imagined while listening to the speech--battle scenes and symbolic tableaux. Skillfully composed and occasionally striking, the artwork makes this a good choice for libraries with an audience for a picture-book edition of Lincoln's famous speech.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141956633
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
08/27/2009
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated. Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the U.S. Senate.

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The Gettysburg Address 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version is the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gettysburg Adress is one the most signifigent speeches in U.S history. Lincoln gives new hope to one of the bloodiest wars ever. By reading this I think that every one will truly understand why Gettysburg is so important
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in history readig this right now. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4 snores and 7 yawns, ago this speech critic listoned to the president's speech, and lets be honest Abe you dropped a real lincoln log. Do you know the real gettysburg adress? 1108 West Boring Street. And giving it on the field, great aduido sorry if i couldn't hear you was in the second row.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have memorized the gettysburg address by heart and am only 9 years old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT IS A NICE COOL BOOK
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Only 8 pages. Very short. Multiple errors in the address. You can find better versions on the internet and you can print them out.
Janeice Lopez More than 1 year ago
I like this book i read itin school its cool and interisting facts about the civil war i love ths book vut it doesnt let u read a sample thats notcool cause i want to see samplws before i buy it bye for now
Monica Elizondo More than 1 year ago
this is so good for a book report
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this yet, and ya know what? I bet they didn't add the part before the adress and after the battle Lincoln had all the Yankees have a proper burial and left the Rebels on the feild! I'm not siding with the Rebels I'm shocked that an American president left Americans out on the feild to rot. Yes, I know the Rebels seperated from the u.s. but they were just as American though first called Southern as their Northern counterparts
Joseph Foster More than 1 year ago
Good free read. A few errors.