Talk:Gettysburg Address

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Edit request[edit]

The word "cannot" is spelled incorrectly in the text of Lincoln's speech. It is one word, not two. Please change it to the correct, one word spelling. 151.132.206.26 (talk) 18:51, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Not done: The text is the version which is written on the Lincoln Memorial, the "Bliss" copy. Thanks, Celestra (talk) 04:41, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

The Gettysburg Address is called such because it was delivered in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg. It is called an 'address' because President Lincoln was'addressing' (speaking to) the people gathered there for the dedication of the national cemetery.

.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). 98.244.152.177 (talk) 19:32, 19 November 2013 (UTC)http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_was_the_Gettysburg_Address_called_the_Gettysburg_Address#slide3

Note: Thanks, but you need to provide the exact text you would like to add in a "please change X to Y" format when using the {{edit semi-protected}} template. Also, please provide a relaible source for any facts; wiki.answers.com is not a reliable source. Thanks, Celestra (talk) 04:45, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Requested correction of broken links in Notes section[edit]

The URLs for the links to the images of the Bliss copy (note e) are no longer correct. The correct URLs are:
Page 1: http://www.papersofabrahamlincoln.org/documentimages/GABliss1.jpg
Page 2: http://www.papersofabrahamlincoln.org/documentimages/GABliss2.jpg
Page 3: http://www.papersofabrahamlincoln.org/documentimages/GABliss3.jpg
Jfmcneirney (talk) 22:39, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Done Thanks, Celestra (talk) 04:51, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

'Father Abraham' and "4 score and 7 years ago, our fathers..."[edit]

This article needs to make reference to how Lincoln was commonly referred to as 'Father Abraham' in a comparison to the Biblical Abraham. The famous 1862 Stephen Foster song We Are Coming, Father Abra'am is the BIGGEST example of this. Lincoln used his connection to "Father Abraham" when he famously began his Gettysburg Address with "4 score and 7 years ago, our fathers...". This was a quote from Genesis 16:16 of the King James Bible, "Abram was 4 score and 6 years old when Hagar the slave woman bore his son Ishmael" (paraphrased). The fact that Lincoln was the 16th president at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. appears to be a proof of destiny. - Benjamin Franklin 75.74.157.29 (talk) 15:58, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Removed as unsourced original research. -- Brangifer (talk) 16:03, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Modernization[edit]

Surely, "government of the people, by the rich, for the rich"? --Martin Wyatt (talk) 20:05, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

It would seem to disagree with http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Wycliffe that Wycliffe's introduction to the Bible was the source of the Gettysburg quote. of the people for the people by the people — Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.74.77.178 (talk) 05:35, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Brackets and "Under God"[edit]

Another user has edit warred to place brackets around the phrase "Under God" in the text on the basis that "There is still considerable debate in the historian community, over the use of the words "under god". Thus it is best to bracket the the words so that both side may be represented" [1]. Sources I've found, however, all include the phrase in the text: Associated Press, NY Times University of Maryland University of Minnesota Encyclopedia Britannica National Park Service, etc. Calidum 16:58, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

I read the change-comment as the editor stating that because there is some difference of opinion whether Lincoln should have used the phrase, then it should be set off in some manner. I do not recall anything in the WP:MOS which would allow this TEDickey (talk) 18:18, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
As I have noted at MartianColony's talk page:
The section that you are editing is the Bliss version, which includes the words "under God", and does not bracket them. You can't change a direct quote. The question of whether or not Lincoln used these words is already covered in the Usage of "under God" section, and the conclusion is that most likely yes, he did.
I don't see anything that needs to be done with either the quotation or the rest of the article. - Mike Rosoft (talk) 05:09, 27 April 2014 (UTC)