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Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution$
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George Anastaplo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125336

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125336.001.0001

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. Life and Death in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

. Life and Death in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

(p.193) 12. Life and Death in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution

George Anastaplo

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter analyses Lincoln's “funeral” speech which recognizes from its outset that his community had a known historical beginning. It notes that it recognizes as well that the very existence, or perpetuation, of this community has been threatened. That is, its mortality and hence its vulnerability are implicit in that it was born. It provides further that this community is referred to, at the outset of the speech, as a “nation” which had been “brought forth on this continent” by “our fathers.”

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, funeral speech, community, vulnerability, existence, mortality, nation, Gettysburg Address

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