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Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address –

On this day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln delivers his “little speech” (as he called it) at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.

After Lincoln’s assassination Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts wrote of the Gettysburg Address, “That speech, uttered at the field of Gettysburg…and now sanctified by the martyrdom of its author, is a monumental act. In the modesty of his nature he said ‘the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here.’ He was mistaken. The world at once noted what he said, and will never cease to remember it.”

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