One hundred fifty years have passed since President Abraham Lincoln’s exalted address following the Battle of Gettysburg. Lincoln intended it to be merely a brief eulogy following the two-hour-long keynote oration by Massachusetts statesman Edward Everett. That’s why Lincoln noted in his speech that “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.” Though the national papers showed little interest in Lincoln’s 272-word tribute the following day, the brief address continues to endure as one of this nation’s finest.
To commemorate the occasion, the NEH Office of White House and Congressional Affairs directs your attention to the NEH-supported EDSITEment website, a treasure trove of educational materials for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material in literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. Featured today is Lesson 3: The Gettysburg Address (1863) – Defining the American Union. Intended especially to benefit AP US History teachers, this lesson will deepen student understanding of the momentous themes of freedom, equality, and emancipation so brilliantly discussed in the address, which was delivered on this date 150 years ago.
Click here to view The Gettysburg Address EDSITEment lesson.
We invite and encourage you to pass this lesson on to district curriculum advisors, teachers, and other educators within your district.
Image courtesy of The Abraham Lincoln Blog