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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?