The Gettysburg Address: ‘Four Score and Seven,’ Seven Score and Ten Years Ago Today

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Four Score and Seven

Today is, as you may have heard, the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address — widely considered to be the single best known of all American writings.  (If I ever once knew that the assassination of John F. Kennedy had occurred exactly 100 years and three days after President Abraham Lincoln’s short speech, I had forgotten.)

We here at OJB don’t have much specific planned to say about to say about the famous oration here, but we do invite you to post links to what you think that others should (or, better yet, might want to!) read.

One link that I just ran across and very much liked is, of all things, a graphic essay — like a graphic novel, but non-fiction — called The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation.  In it, cartoonists Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, the explore the significance of the address by focusing in deep on the speech’s first six words.  Put aside your reservations and give it a try; it looks great.

My favorite book on the topic has been Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America by Garry Wills.  What’s your favorite book or essay on the topic — or what remembrance have you run across this week that strikes you as worth sharing?

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.