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The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

The True Story Behind Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Illustrated by: Albert Lorenz
For Ages: 7 - 10
  • common core
Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on President Lincoln’s most famous speech, which still has meaning 150 years later.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States—the Gettysburg Address. It wasn’t even much a speech, really. Just a few remarks. Not meant to be remembered.

Yet 150 years later, those few remarks have been remembered. How come? What was the true meaning behind them? Where did they come from? Why is it so important that we never forget what President Lincoln said on that cold November day?

Originally published as A Three-Minute Speech, this concise, illustrated exploration of a momentous historical event is both fascinating and easy to read.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 96 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442493872 | 
  • September 2013 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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The True Story Behind Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address CHAPTER ONE

IN THE BEGINNING
IN THE BEGINNING were the British colonies in North America, separated by an ocean from the land they had left behind. Over the years the colonists became less and less British and more and more something new: American. Here, a man or a woman was not judged by his family or her title. Instead they were judged by their actions. There were no lords or dukes or... see more

About the Author

Jennifer Armstrong
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books and novels. Her works include Hugh Can Do and Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat (both ALA Notable books); The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan (a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book); and Black-Eyed Susan (a New York Public Library Best Book). Her first novel, Steal Away, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable book, and a Golden Kite Honor book. Other titles include Pockets, Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, Magnus at the Fire, Photo by Brady, and Once Upon a Banana. She lives in New York State.

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