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Question: What message did the Gettysburg Address communicate to our war-torn nation in 1863!?
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First, here is the entire speech and a link to the site!.

Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth
upon 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 so dedicated!. !. !.
can long endure!. We are met on a great battlefield 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 this nation might live!.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this!.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate!. !. !.we cannot consecrate!. !. !.
we cannot 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 this earth!.

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Here is the speech translated into today's language:

87 years ago, the leaders of the colonies created this nation!. The idea was that all people would be equal and free!.!.

Today we are fighting among ourselves!. The issue is over what this nation was established upon: If people can really be free and equal!. We're standing where a great battle of this war was fought!.

We are here to dedicate part of the battlefield as a cemetery!. Here will lie those that died to both protect this nation and the ideals that it was founded on!. This is the right thing to do!.

However, the actions of those that died here mean much more then whatever we can do or say at this ceremony!. Their actions have honored this ground and it is they that will be remembered long after we are forgotten!.

Instead, we need to make a promise!. It is our duty and responsibility to finish the war!. The dead we honor have given their lives in this struggle!. Today we promise that their deaths shall not have been wasted!. Our nation will survive and be reborn!. Freedom will again be given to everyone!. Our government, created by the people, existing for the people, will survive!.

What Lincoln said in those few words was that this nation was created with certain ideals!. People were considered to be free and equal!. The entire war was being fought to determine if those ideals of freedom and equality would be for everyone!. In those few words he explained why the Civil War had to be fought and had to be won!.Www@QuestionHome@Com