Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in Translation

ISBN: 0844400181
ISBN 13: 9780844400181
By: Abraham Lincoln Roy P. Basler

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The words of President Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address are as relevant and meaningful today as they were in 1863. This magnificent book is a stunning exploration of some of the most powerful words ever spoken in American history.

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For some reason I forgot that I had read the entirety of the speech at the Lincoln Memorial. I thought that was just an excerpt. This is the recommended viewing area. Amazing, obviously.


words to speech with great illustrations


Incredible woodcut illustrations that compliment the text very well. Great spacing of the speech so that there is time to discuss some of the big words that children probably won't know.


In reading Lincoln's second Inaugural address, I couldn't help but feel hope for the citizens at that time and for us today. I felt reassurance in Lincoln's words: "the Almighty has his own purposes." And the feeling he conveys that God is the one who is ultimately in charge of what goes on in this world, no matter how out of control we feel it is getting. Althought it is hard we do need to follow Lincoln's council (as citizens of one of the wealthiest nations) and help those who "have borne the battle."

Killer Rabbit

I tear up every time I read this short speech that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln gave at the site of a Civil War battle where so many Union and Confederate soldiers died, fighting for what their side believed was a just cause: "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 battlefield 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 unfinished 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."


What can you say about arguably the greatest speech ever written? I cannot do it justice but I will write a review just the same.It is needless for me to introduce Abraham Lincoln; if you don't already know who he is I doubt you would be reading this review. All I can say is that he was, beyond all doubt, one of the greatest US Presidents who lead his country through one of their greatest trials; civil war.During the civil war there was a very famous battle which turned the tide of the war: Gettysburg. Union forces claimed victory and routed the southern Confederate Army. Heavy losses were suffered on both sides but it was the beginning of the end for the south. Months after the battle finished President Lincoln made this speech at Gettysburg, in which he commemorates the memory of the brave men who fought and died. He also reminded his audience that they gave all for the cause of liberty.The speech is very brief, it only took Lincoln two minutes to read, but it is a powerful, touching and meaningful master class in oration. I am certain I will re-read it many times. The book is free to download which is great.My only tiny criticism is more with the 'book' than the speech. There is no introduction, preamble or back ground information at all. The book just literally contains the speech which takes less than a minute to read to yourself. I feel a brief introduction explaining what happened at Gettysburg and why the speech was so important would have been a very nice touch and would certainly have earned the book five stars

Lisa A.

If asked what great Americans past or present I would like to meet, Abraham Lincoln would definitely be in the top 10. His eloquent words stir the mind and the soul. They not only acknowledge the terrible state of our country during the Civil War but also give hope about what our country could become. It's been said that he wrote the Gettysburg Address while suffering from scarlet fever, if so he did an amazing job of overcoming his own pain and suffering to bring hope to our nation.

John Yelverton

Probably the greatest political speech over made at exactly the moment it needed to be made.

Hannah Sidel

This story is the exact speech given by Abraham Lincoln during his presidency! Entirely written by President Lincoln, the book’s first words are the iconic phrase “four score and seven years ago” and ends with “shall not perish from this earth”. The illustrations are all done in black and white, which reflect many levels of this era. In a passage before the speech, it is mentioned that the illustrations are inspired by real events that occurred during this time. While it is Lincoln’s direct speech, I thought this book would be excellent for elementary students who are studying American History. The text and illustrations work well together. Because of this the pictures can be used as clues to “decode” the speech. In addition, the illustrations are able to give a new and current feel to the speech, which could be seen as boring and “outdated” by students who are uninterested in history. The illustrations give students who are visual learners a chance to take in information in a unique way, which I thought was a very impressive technique.

Angie Mills

The pictures really fit the tone of the speech and show children some of the history behind what was happening at that time. I think this book would be a great one to read when students study the Civil War and have to memorize the Gettysburg Address. It would give visual learners something to help them remember the different parts of the speech.

Jill Brown

The only text in the book is Abraham Lincoln's speech. Every page is a few lines from his speech and illustrated to reflect what he was saying. There is an author's foreward to explain the history of it or importance of it.

Kristen Leininger

Picture Book: Amazing illustrations that aid in understanding the Gettysburg Address.


The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln was a short story with big meaning! This book was about slavery and civil war. In this book I enjoyed the pictures. My favorite picture was of Abraham Lincoln saying The Gettysburg Address. I learned a lot from this book about slavery.

Etta Mcquade

The black and white drawings by Michael McCurdy are memorable, as, of course, is the text.


A beautifully illustrated version of the Gettysburg Address.

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