The Gettysburg Address at 150: Read by U.S. Presidents, Billionaires, Journalists, Taylor Swift


“Fourscore 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. 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 that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here 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 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.”

The 271 words of the Gettysburg address, which President Abraham Lincoln delivered on November 19, 1863 (150 years ago today), are read in this Ken Burns video by 25 people:
Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton
Robin Roberts, Red Sox Shane Victorino, David Gregory, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Bill Gates, Taylor Swift, Jonathan Jarvis, Richard Trumka, Sen. Tim Kaine, Rachel Maddow, Usher, Conan O’Brien, Sen. Marco Rubio, Bob Schieffer, Gwen Ifill, Steven Spielberg, Uma Thurman, Bill O’Reilly, Sen. Bill Nelson, David Dinkins

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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