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. Life and Death in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

George Anastaplo

in Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125336
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.003.0025
. Life and Death in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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This chapter analyses Lincoln's “funeral” speech which recognizes from its outset that his community had a known historical beginning. It notes that it recognizes as well that the very existence, or perpetuation, of this community has been threatened. That is, its mortality and hence its vulnerability are implicit in that it was born. It provides further that this community is referred to, at the outset of the speech, as a “nation” which had been “brought forth on this continent” by “our fathers.”

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; funeral speech; community; vulnerability; existence; mortality; nation; Gettysburg Address

Chapter.  2248 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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