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150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
On the Civil War battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces, historians and everyday Americans are gathering to ponder what the Gettysburg Address...
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Along with the 50th anniversary of the assination of JFK it was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 2013.  A very impotant speech that was given on the site of the battle.  That site chosen for its significance and the importance of that battle in the US Civil War.  President Lincoln only spoke for a few minutes, against the hours of the other speakers, but his speech was the one the was most significant, not just because it was from the President, but because of the content of the speech.  If you have never read or heard the speech, please do yourself a favor and at least read it, it echoes what the feelings of the time was, it gives insights of what the Union was fighting for, what they were giving up.  In that short speech he gave President Lincoln set forth the basis for the Civil War...that all men are created equal and that the Union must be preserved.  If you want listen here for a reading of the Gettsburg Address.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1512410

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Rabbi-Chaplains of the Civil War

Rabbi-Chaplains of the Civil War | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
A controversial proposition, a receptive president and some surprising support.
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Amazing to see how our belief and our culture of religious freedom was used to help get Rabbis into the Union Army to serve the Jewish soldiers that were fighting.

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