Lincoln, Pericles, the Gettysburg Address, and the Dedication of Civic Sacrifice

Abraham Lincoln is remembered not only for presiding over a war-torn nation a century and a half ago, but for his words, the most memorable of which were meant to be spoken as speeches. Legend insists that Lincoln's most famous speech, The Gettysburg Address, was written hastily on the back of an envelope. Instead, Lincoln labored over his oration, using the Athenian Pericles as an inspiration.

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