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.

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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

Susan Alvarado

Something every American should read at least once in their life. Completely moving, especially in the times we live in today. We could all take a chapter out of Lincoln's book

Sara Caroline

This book is about the Gettysburg address and when Abe Lincoln got shot . Even though this book is small , it is still very good

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.

Maurice Lacerda

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

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.

John Yelverton

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


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."

Monchel Jones

"The Gettysburg Address" was very moving to me. Reading this really helped me understand what I have learned before about Lincoln's speech. Before I didn't really grasp a lot of information about the speech like I should have but reading this book helped me understand a lot better. This story was basically about Abraham Lincoln's speech that he made in 1863. I think this book is appropriate for ages 10 and up. The color stuck out to me the most because it shows the year it was in because in the 1800's tv was black and white. The title of the book shows black and white pictures. I think this book should be recommended because it has a lot of moving words that may move children if it's explained to where they can actually understand what Lincoln said in his speech.


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.

Alix Turner

Inspiring is one word you could use to describe this book. The trick is getting children and students to take the time to like it.


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.


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.

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."

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