President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address begins with the words "Four score and seven years ago...". How often we have heard those words, but do you know how many years that really is?
President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous speech on November 19, 1863. Lincoln was dedicating the military cemetery - Soldiers' National Cemetery - at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania when he gave the speech that became one of the most famous speeches ever. Although it was a short speech, with only 272 words, it was a powerful reminder to the country that the Civil War had to be fought, no matter how hard it was... no matter how long it took.
American History Fun Fact: A "score" is 20 years, so "four score and seven years" would be 87 years.
"Four score 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.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. 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. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate... we can not consecrate ... we can not hallow ... this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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."