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Journals - 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863 was set aside as a special day for the dedication of the national cemetery for the more than 3,500 Union soldiers killed in battle. This year marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. CITVC watched the live ceremony at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in PA and heard Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson speak. We also heard Governor Tom Corbett speak as well as saw 16 new citizens sworn in by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. CITVC then participated in an interactive videoconference with other U.S. schools and two park rangers from the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Alex "The only modern day event that I can even think to compare this speech to is the speech that President Obama gave after Bin Laden was killed. That is the only speech that has come close to generating the same kind of response, and it still falls far short of the Gettysburg standard. The speeches are similar in that they inspired confidence in the government when they were losing support during a time of conflict. However, the Gettysburg Address had a much stronger and more lasting impact, and is still being talked about today."  -Alex

For more information on this topic, please visit:
1. MAGPI program information
2. Library of Congress Primary Source documents
3. Gettysburg National Military Park
4. Reading of the Gettysburg Address

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