Rhetorical Analysis Of President Abraham Lincoln's The Gettysburg Address
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Abraham Lincoln. Gettysburg Address, 1863
By Patricia Moreno
Centro Asociado: Alzira-Valencia
The Gettysburg Address is a 272-word political speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on the 19th of November 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
America was suffering de consequences of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the civil war and after four months of fight, the President travelled to the battlefield to encourage American soldiers so that they could manage to end the war successfully.
Although he was not the main orator that day, his speech was remembered as one of the most important speeches in American history. Nowadays, it is still included in history subjects of American schools.
The Gettysburg battle took place between the 1st and the 3rd of July 1863. Approximately, 163.000 soldiers fought in the battle, over 7.500 were killed, about 27.000 were wounded and 11.100 captured or missing. The southern forces were defeated. Due to the tragic consequences and the large number of deaths that the battle itself cost, American soldiers felt like throwing in the towel and President Lincoln was invited to give a few appropriate remarks from his point of view to encourage the country to keep fighting for the Union. He was convinced that this battle would be the final test to demonstrate whether the Union created in 1776 would survive or whether it would “perish from the