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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gettysburg-Did They Die in Vain

THE
GETTYSBURG
ADDRESS

Fourscore 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 cannot dedicate…we cannot
 consecrate…we cannot 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.

November 19, 1863

The Bloodiest War ever fought on American Soil, The Civil War. It was fought to enforce The Constitution of The United States of America and to abolish slavery.  Slaves were being used to run plantations, mills, factories and in some cases used for forced breeding with no regard for their health or well being. They had no voice or representation. Even greater was the injustice, was that these slaves were forbidden to be educated, for if they were, then they would know that they were being mistreated. They had  no one to speak for them.

President Lincoln Spoke for Them with The Emancipation Proclamation. The Union waged war on the Confederacy and it's Unconstitutional Practices. The Civil War pitted Brother against brother in some cases, emotions ran high, but Lincoln and His Freedom Fighters never gave up.

The Union Forces won the Civil War and gave Freedom to The Slaves of The Confederacy. Collectively now through The Union they now had a Voice.

There was much blood shed during The Civil War to ensure that the Constitution of The United States of America was enforced. To take away people's right's today is like spitting in the face of those fallen soldiers.

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