The Other Gettysburg Address

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President Lincoln's effort to reunite a nation torn in half by the long, bloody Civil War is an immortal moment in American history. He delivered the 272-word speech in 1863 at the dedication of a military cemetery for union war dead o the site of the single bloodiest battle in the Civil War — 7,500 died.

But Lincoln was not the keynote speaker that day at Gettysburg. That honor belonged to Edward Everett of Boston. He was a former Congressman, governor of Massachusetts and president of Harvard University. His speech was longer, more personal, but mostly forgotten.


Richard Katula, professor emeritus at Northeastern University and author of The Eloquence of Edward Everett.

This segment aired on May 30, 2016.


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