Today in History: The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery
Today in History–November 19–the Library of Congress features the Gettysburg Address, delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on this date in 1863. Edward Everett, a well-known orator, delivered a two-hour speech. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech lasted only a few minutes. As the Library notes, “In spite of Lincoln’s disclaimer that ‘the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,’ his brief speech continues to resonate in the American memory.” Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links to related primary sources & teaching resources.

Gettysburg Address resources

President Lincoln Delivered the Gettysburg Address from America’s Library

First Draft of Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address: Nicolay Copy

Gettysburg Address: Hay Copy

Reprints of the Gettysburg Address from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

Selection of articles about the Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address online exhibition

Correspondence related to the Gettysburg Address

Books and other texts related to the Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address sound recordings

Video recordings related to the Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address image set

Modern-day legislation related to the Gettysburg Address

Senator Dick Durbin speaking on the Senate floor about the Gettysburg Address November 18, 2021

Library blog posts related to the Gettysburg Address

Teaching resources

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