The Gettysburg Address

ISBN: 0395883970
ISBN 13: 9780395883976
By: Abraham Lincoln Michael McCurdy

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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.

Reader's Thoughts


I really liked this book. This book is basically just the Gettysburg address in picture book form. The thing I liked was its amazing illustrations. The thing I didn't like is that it doesn't describe things like how did the Gettysburg address impact America or other facts about the Gettysburg address but a pretty good book.


Memorized this in 8th grade for Mrs. Buhler. Loved it then, love it now. I'd love to go there some day.

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.

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.


I really love books like this, in which the original text of the speech is given without all sorts of commentary. Sometimes, the original words can speak for themselves. I wish there were more books like this out there.


I read the speech, and its slight variances, here: needs be said of this speech or the significance of it to the history of the United States. It is honest, hopeful, and forward thinking. And short.


Some of the best speeches ever are super super short. Modern politicians could learn something from it.

Maurice Lacerda

This book makes you understand why Abraham Lincoln is one of the most important and celebrated statesmen of all time.

Josh Hellams

It's a book about the civil war and the Gettysburg address It's a short book but heart touching In this book it is about the civil war and abe lincon's dicisons

Ken Moten

There is now cleaver or surprising way to introduce this speech. Written 150 years ago today, it is one of the definitive speeches of American history. This short speech was hardly so ambitious from Lincoln's view and he didn't intend it to be more than some token words to dedicate the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. He started off by reminding the audience present that it had only been 87 ears since the The Declaration of Independence, and now they were about to dedicate a cemetery to those who died in the "great civil war." Then he says 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." After which he notes that nobody will remember this dedication but everyone will remember the battle itself so it is to them, the living, to see the war through until "all men" were free..."[and] 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."

Kristen Leininger

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

Etta Mcquade

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


What can you say? It's the Gettysburg Address.


A beautifully illustrated version of the Gettysburg Address.

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."

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