The Gettysburg Address

“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” These are the famous first words of the Gettysburg Address that President Abraham Lincoln delivered on Nov. 19, 1863, that went on to become one of the most memorable speeches in American history. Delivered at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery during the Civil War, the 272-word speech reiterated the principles of the Declaration of Independence and emphasized equality for all. John Reed, associate professor of history, is available to discuss the significance of the speech, the history behind it, how a two-minute speech created such a major historical impact and the initial mixed reviews.

Phone: 801-910-2076 | Email: John.Reed@history.utah.edu