The Gettysburg Address, Steven Spielberg Style

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On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke the Gettysburg Address, touching the crowds and stirring a battered nation.

About 150 years later, that same Gettysburg Address is spoken by an actor in a movie, and is equally stirring and touching.

Lincoln (2012 PG-13), under the direction of Steven Spielberg, focuses on President Lincoln’s political struggle to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the end to slavery.

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The movie opens with a rain-soaked battle to pounding music.  Next, various union soldiers speak to an unseen person about their reasons for fighting.  They are in awe of this person, respectful and a bit hesitant to speak, but in the end, each soldier begins reciting the words of the Gettysburg Address.  The meaning of the words sinks in, the music swells and we see it is President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) himself.  The soldiers are saying his own words back to him.  Very powerful!

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Watch this movie, especially to see this opening scene.

Read the Gettysburg Address, especially to marvel at the perfect phrasing of an important idea for our country.

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