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LINCOLN’S ELEGY AT GETTYSBURG Kent Gramm Indiana University Press bloomington and indianapolis This book is a publication of Indiana University Press 601 North Morton Street Bloomington, IN 47404-3797 USA Telephone orders 800-842-6796 Fax orders 812-855-7931 Orders by e-mail ∫ 2001 by Kent Gramm All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. The Association of American University Presses’ Resolution on Permissions constitutes the only exception to this prohibition. The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences—Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1984. manufactured in the united states of america Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Gramm, Kent. November : Lincoln’s elegy at Gettysburg / Kent Gramm. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. isbn 0-253-34032-2 (alk. paper) 1. Lincoln, Abraham, 1809–1865. Gettysburg address. 2. Gramm, Kent—Journeys— Pennsylvania—Gettysburg National Military Park. 3. Anniversaries—Social aspects—United States. 4. Memorials—Social aspects—United States. 5. November. 6. United States— Civilization—Philosophy. 7. Heroes—United States. 8. National characteristics, American. 9. Postmodernism—Social aspects—United States. 10. Gramm family. I. Title. e475.55 .g73 2001 973.7%092—dc21 2001002228 1 2 3 4 5 06 05 04 03 02 01 It is for us . . . to be dedicated. —Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863 When a civilization is in crisis, to preserve is to create. —Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis I know who I am, and who I may be if I choose. —Cervantes 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. 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 can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not 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 un- finished 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 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. —Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, November 19, 1863 ...


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