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

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.