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Smart Talk: Live from Gettysburg on 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 18, 2013 1:25 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk, Tuesday, November 19, 2013:

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Photo by National Archives

A close-up of the only confirmed photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg.

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

So began President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.  One-hundred-fifty years later to the day, Smart Talk broadcast live from Gettysburg.

On Tuesday's program, we'll discuss what Lincoln was trying to do with what he called "a few brief remarks," dissect the speech line-by-line, and focus on what Lincoln's words became immortal in American history.

Appearing on the program will be Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University and the author of several books on the Civil War era, including This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War and National Parks Service Ranger Troy Harman.

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will be a special guest to discuss his latest project: The Address.  The film zeroes in on the Gettysburg Address and will feature famous people and ordinary Americans reciting Lincoln's iconic speech.  The film will air on PBS in April 2014.

Smart Talk broadcast Tuesday from the American Civil War Wax Museum and Gift Shop (in the courtyard) at 297 Steinwehr Avenue in Gettysburg.  Stop in to say hello.

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  • Jim Foster img 2013-11-19 09:46

    Lincoln's Gettysburg Address has been called the greatest speech ever given on American soil. My only question is whether this praise shoots too low. Is this deceptively simple prose the greatest speech EVER made? Well, those supporting Jesus's Sermon On The Mount or Churchill's "Finest Hour" speech or "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" speech may have a legitimate quibble. Perhaps even Lincoln's Second Inaugural is as good. But, for my money, nothing can ever top the two minute address at Gettysburg.

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