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Fortuitous Anniversary

[cap­tion id=“attachment_92654” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”] Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln, Feb. 5, 1865 – two months before the assas­si­na­tion. (Library of Congress)[/caption]

by baldilocks

Not really that long ago, in Get­tys­burg, Pennsylvania…

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.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, test­ing whether that nation, or any nation so con­ceived and so ded­i­cated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-​field of that war. We have come to ded­i­cate a por­tion of that field, as a final rest­ing place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is alto­gether fit­ting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not ded­i­cate — we can not con­se­crate — we can not hal­low — this ground. The brave men, liv­ing and dead, who strug­gled here, have con­se­crated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will lit­tle note, nor long remem­ber what we say here, but it can never for­get what they did here. It is for us the liv­ing, rather, to be ded­i­cated here to the unfin­ished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here ded­i­cated to the great task remain­ing before us — that from these hon­ored dead we take increased devo­tion to that cause for which they gave the last full mea­sure of devo­tion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of free­dom — and that gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple, shall not per­ish from the earth.

Abra­ham Lin­coln
Novem­ber 19, 1863

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

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Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of IndepJuli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter. Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going! Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Indep

President Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 5, 1865–two months before the assassination. (Library of Congress)

by baldilocks

Not really that long ago, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania…

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.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of IndepJuliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter. Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going! Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Indep