Queen's University expert: Gettysburg Address has helped justify conflicts for 150 years
November 19th, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and Queen’s University American history expert James Carson is available for comment on this historic speech.
“Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address on 19 November 1863 to consecrate the Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg where the previous July one of the most significant battles of the American Civil War was fought and which marked the beginning of the end of the Confederacy’s struggle to preserve slavery,” says Dr. Carson.
“While the address aimed at commenting on the soldiers who had given their lives in the battle, Lincoln set in motion an assertion that the United States was engaged in a war for freedom that has ever since helped to justify any number of conflicts the United States has fought on behalf of human liberty.”
Dr. Carson is author of Making an Atlantic World: Circles, Paths, and Stories from the Colonial South and Searching for the Bright Path: The Mississippi Choctaws from Prehistory to Removal.
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