The Gettysburg Address Explained | What Made Lincoln’s Civil War Speech So Memorable?
What made Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania during the Civil War so memorable? In this episode of BRI’s Primary Source Close Reads, Kirk explores the Gettysburg Address and what the battle and speech meant to the United States. What vision of the Civil War did Lincoln create through this speech? What parts of Lincoln’s language worked to emphasize the importance of this moment for the country?
Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and Identity
In this lesson, students will analyze Abraham Lincoln’s identity as a writer, speaker, and president related to the Gettysburg Address.
With Charity for All: Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and Respect
In this lesson, students will review Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, delivered as Union troops were within sight of ultimate victory in the Civil War. They will analyze how he demonstrated respect in his approach to his second term of office and plans for restoring the Union. They will achieve the following objectives.
Jon Schaff: Lincoln & Civic Virtue | BRI Scholar Talks
BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams sits down with Jon Schaff, author and Northern State University professor of government, to discuss Lincoln's respect for civic virtues and why they are so important in a democracy. Schaff reviews the relationship between civic virtues and efficient political processes, emphasizing the importance of civil discourse. What are the dangers of passions in creating lawlessness and tyranny? And why are restraint, moderation, and prudence essential traits for a good ruler to possess? Schaff is the author of "Abraham Lincoln's Statesmanship and the Limits of Liberal Democracy" and "Age of Anxiety: Meaning, Identity, and Politics in 21st-Century Film and Literature." About Jon Schaff: Professor Schaff is a professor of government at Northern State University and specializes in the study of American political thought and institutions. He has published on the presidency and political thought of Abraham Lincoln, politics and literature, and politics and popular culture. He has been a department chair and faculty athletic representative and has received the Outstanding Faculty Award from NSU.