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Civil War Trust

 Verbal Tapestry of the Gettysburg Address

Chuck Teague
Thursday, 9:30 am

No American speech is more studied and more respected than Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Short and succinct, yet there is far more to it than most people appreciate, as this word study of the address demonstrates. Like talented artisans weaving a magnificent tapestry, Lincoln carefully chose not threads, but words marvelously woven together to portray America as it had begun, as it was then struggling in the storm clouds of war, and as he dreamed it might become. For such a short message, it is amazing how he subtly used dramatic imagery and repetition to drive home his theme. His cadence builds to a hopeful climax few others could imagine, with power to enthral his fellow countrymen to make it happen.

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