150th Anniversary: The Gettysburg Address

It’s nice to see so much discussion of the Gettysburg Address on the 150 anniversary of this beautiful short speech. (As an aside, I was required to memorize and recite this in 7th grade and I can directly trace the beginnings of my long love affair with the sound of language to this exercise. I highly recommend reading it out loud. It’s gorgeous in every way, from the diction to the lilting, soaring cadence.)

And if you’re more of a visual thinker, you might enjoy this nifty meditation on the speech and it’s place in American history and political thought:

The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation (9780061969768) by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron O’Connell. $15.99 trade paperback.

Hennessey has an interesting op-ed online today: “The Gettysburg Address—a prescription for America’s split personality”. It might send you back to a previous book by Hennessey and McConnell, The United States Constitution: A Graphic (Novel) Adaptation from my pals at Macmillan.

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