This lesson will examine the most famous speech in American history to understand how Lincoln turned a perfunctory eulogy at a cemetery dedication into a concise and profound meditation on the meaning of the Civil War and American union.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Top Hat Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln, and Major General John A. This photo was taken not long after the Civil War’s first battle on northern soil in Antietam, Maryland on October Date: 3 October 1862