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

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. 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. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)