The Gettysburg Address is a speech delivered by US President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, given during the American Civil War, and is one of the most well-known speeches in American history.
It begins “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.” – and is an opening that many non-Americans in western countries will recognised because it’s quoted so often in American TV shows and films.
This short recording, running only 14 minutes, culminates in a reading of the Gettysburg Address in its entirety (it’s not that long!) and is a succinct history lesson that is both interesting and easy to follow.
While the Gettysburg Address may conjure up feelings of patriotism for Americans, non-Americans can simply appreciate the general history lesson this audiobook provides on another country.
Produced by Audible Studios in June 2013, and available free through Audible at the time of writing this review, Why Gettysburg Mattered is narrated by Mark Boyett and Kevin Pariseau. They are both formal and clear in their reading but add passion to the history lesson to drive home the importance of the Gettysburg Address to Americans.
It’s an interesting and worthwhile lesson that currently won’t cost a cent to obtain.