Seven score and 10 years ago, Abraham Lincoln showed how much could be said with so few words. His Gettysburg Address – delivered Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. – lasted just more than two minutes. Despite its brevity, the address movingly reminded the nation of the ideals of its founding. It also called on the living to honor those who died. And it expressed the urgency of ensuring that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” The only thing Lincoln got wrong was his statement that “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.”
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