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    Is Our Government Still "Of the People"?

    Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of … More

    Is the Gettysburg Address the Greatest Speech in American History?

    A mere 272 words, how could President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address be perhaps the most famous American speech? In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address next week, Allen Guelzo, Civil War historian and professor at Gettysburg College, visited Heritage to tell us why Lincoln’s speech is, in fact, so famous. “No … More

    Brevity is the Soul of...Clarity

    On this date (November 19) in 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave perhaps the greatest speech in American History, the Gettysburg Address.  The text of the speech is short, less than 300 words, a fitting reminder to contemporary politicians that, sometimes, the most succinct speeches are the most meaningful. Perhaps the brevity of Lincoln’s remarks can … More