150 years ago today, a political figure totally ignored the trends of the day, totally ignored the methodology for speaking of the day, and gave a speech that still resonates loudly in our American culture a century and a half later.
The main speaker at the event that Abraham Lincoln spoke at was evidently a man who spoke at great length and with great drama. He was one of the most well-known orators of his day, he memorized his very long speech, and you don’t remember, or have probably never known his name. Lincoln spoke for 3 minutes and cemented his place in American history with his brief, genuine and timeless words.
When I was in 7th or 8th grade, I had to memorize the Gettysburg Address for a History class. I don’t remember all of it now, but it’s ironic that I had to memorize it when Lincoln actually read the speech from his manuscript in measured, slow, and by all accounts not a very dramatic tone. One Pennsylvania newspaper actually just recently actually retracted it’s 150-year old statement that the speech was nothing special.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
Indeed we remember what was done, and we remember what was said… every word…