Three-Minute Speech: Lincoln's Remarks at Gettysburg (Milestone Books Series)

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Four score and seven years ago...

So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States — Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a speech, really — just a few remarks. Not meant to be remembered.

But these few remarks have been remembered. Why? What was the true meaning behind them? Where did they come from? Why is it so important that ...

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Overview

Four score and seven years ago...

So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States — Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a speech, really — just a few remarks. Not meant to be remembered.

But these few remarks have been remembered. Why? What was the true meaning behind them? Where did they come from? Why is it so important that we never forget what President Lincoln said on that cold November day?

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Children's Literature
After briefly discussing the role of freedom and colonial expansion in United States history, Armstrong delves into the issue of slavery in this country in the mid-1800s. For the North, the Civil War was as much, if not more, about preserving the Union as freeing the slaves. This, of course, reflected President Lincoln's opinion. Short examinations of Lincoln's life and evolving views and of the course of the Civil War lead the reader to Lincoln's journey to Gettysburg to dedicate the cemetery there. His thoughtful, powerful three-minute speech followed a two-hour oration; yet in his brief remarks he dedicated more than a cemetery, he dedicated the entire war. An epilogue explains why there are some discrepancies in versions of the exact text. Armstrong's conversational tone, the relatively large font, and Lorenz's informative, black-and-white drawings combine to make an interesting, readable introduction to this famous speech. 2003, Simon and Schuster/Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 8 to 12.
— Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Clearly written titles with large font, good spacing, and a full-page illustration for each chapter. Armstrong provides a fine introduction to this famous speech. She explains that all people weren't treated equally with the Declaration of Independence, the role of colonial expansion in making slavery a national issue in 1861, and the fact that many Northerners supported the Civil War for the sake of saving the Union rather than the freedom of slaves. Lincoln's dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg and the historical speculation regarding the exact text of his speech and how it was received is described. Lorenz's full-page, black-and-white illustrations enhance the text. -Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689856228
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Milestone Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include Hugh Can Do and Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat (both ALA Notable books); The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book); and Black-Eyed Susan (a New York Public Library Best Book). Her first novel, Steal Away, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable book, and a Golden Kite Honor book. Her most recent titles include Pockets, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, Magnus at the Fire, Photo by Brady, and Once Upon a Banana. She lives in New York State.

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