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Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

January 27, 2012
One of the greatest speeches in American history, Lincoln's battlefield oration is certainly the shortest. We've chosen 20 words out of the entire speech's 272.
conceive
"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.
liberty
"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.
proposition
"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.
engage
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
civil
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
endure
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
dedicate
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
portion
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
hallow
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.
consecrated
The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.
detract
The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.
devotion
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
vain
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
perish
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

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Saturday April 7th 2012, 12:20 PM
Comment by: jaime M.
nice vocabulary to be learnt, thanks
Monday November 18th 2013, 10:11 PM
Comment by: Harris M. (United Kingdom)
Had not realised that such 'simple' words could be used to such powerful effect.

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