Assignment 5

Based off extensive research, this is what I have found that pertains to the Gettysburg address. Lincoln was at the dedication ceremony to the lives lost three months after the war where the speech was delivered. The battle of Gettysburg was one of the biggest battles in the civil war and in my opinion is a major turning point of the civil war. The war took place in a small town a little outside of philadelphia and was the largest battle in the civil war and the largest battle ever recorded in North America.  According to many sources Lincoln wrote the 273 word address in a few hours on the train ride to Pennsylvania. Lincoln spoke in front of 15,000 people and highlighted plenty of key points. Lincoln’s main point was that this nation was founded for the people by the people and that all men were created equal. Essentially proving white slave owners claims  wrong claiming that the constitution does not state a prohibit on slavery. This info I found id the results I expected. I had a feeling when reading the speech itself reiterated constitutional rights and broke down its true meaning to all citizens in the country whether they were confederate or union members. After further research on newspapers at the event and articles from people recalling the event, the Philadelphia inquirer. The article talks about the speech and describes the weather and how many people were there. Most importantly it describes the audiences reaction, ( mostly union support). The reaction was surprised and many thought it came out of nowhere. However many thought it was heartfelt and meaningful. Furthermore, it states how much excitement was in the crowd after the statement took place. The article I believe is key info for my project because the newspaper is from the state the battle took place in. Many of these writers were there and experienced the aftermath a lot more being only two hours out compared to national newspaper writers.  Now looking at Confederate responses, Their morale and reaction was the polar opposite. According to Richmond reports ( the heart and soul of the Confederacy), Reporters fabricated Lincoln’s remarks and didn’t say anything he said in the actual speech. Instead, They said he didn’t step up and speak at all because he declined the opportunity. They do this to give citizens hope and motivation to keep putting forth towards the war. It is a way of using fake news as propaganda. In a war that was heading far south with them after the Gettysburg and Vicksburg loss, they wanted to make sure that the war wasn’t over. With making Lincoln look like a weak leader, It gave the confederates the motivation to keep fighting for what they appeared to believe in. like plenty of propaganda in plenty of wars. These Richmond writers are making the union look bad while promoting southern cemeteries rather than gettysburg.

 

Thesis:

Lincoln’s Gettysburg address not only showed that all are equal, but was the major turning point of the civil war towards the unions favor.

 

I am going to focus primarily on the unions morale and battles as well as the newspaper reports after the speech as well as the confederate reports and richmond reports after the speech. I plan on going in depth and finding how each side reacted and how this world renowned statement changed the reigns of the war.

 

Sources:

Secondary:

https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/gettysburg-address

Primary:

https://www.raabcollection.com/presidential-autographs/lincoln-gettysburg

Secondary:

http://exhibits.uflib.ufl.edu/civilwar/gettysburg.html

Primary:

http://www.historynet.com/the-gettysburg-address

Secondary:

https://intpolicydigest.org/2013/11/19/reflections-gettysburg-address/

Primary:

https://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/gettysburg.html

Secondary:

https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/31736

Secondary:

http://wuwm.com/post/seven-facts-you-didnt-know-about-gettysburg-address#stream/0

7 Replies to “Assignment 5”

  1. So far you have done great research into your topic and I am interested to see what you do further on, I am also interested to see what evidence you have to support your thesis. Zach Wood

  2. Lincoln’s actions during this time were so important moving forward. I want to continue to learn more about how he went about making this address and putting his foot down to end slavery. I also wonder what his thoughts were going into the Gettysburg address in terms how what the reaction would be. He obviously knew the pushback would be strong but did he think the Civil War would end up being as destructive as it was.

  3. It will be really interesting to see the evidence you use to back up your thesis, with it being such a bold statement. He was an expert at giving oral presentations; its intriguing to see their direct affect in the momentum of the war.

  4. I believe you have a solid thesis statement and I like how are going to try to get both sides of the story. I am also wondering how the confederates reacted to the address. I look forward to reading your final paper.

  5. Very excited to see you support your thesis. Seems like you have a great deal of research under your belt and it shows. I look forward to reading about the moral of the different sides. Im sure it is very interesting to see how they change throughout the battles.

  6. You didn’t pick the easiest thesis in the world, which could prove to create a really interesting final project. I’m curious to see how you’re going to prove the statement since it’s so bold. I agree that both the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address were important pieces to the Civil War, but it’ll be interesting to learn more about how they helped shape the outcome.

  7. I think that this is a strong thesis statement, and that it will be supported by the sources you have found thus far. I like how you contrast Union and Confederacy reactions to the address, because I have never personally considered how the Confederates reacted to the speech. Overall, this sounds like it will be a very interesting project.

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