“Four score and seven years ago…” Often referred to as the most important 272 words in American history, November 19, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s landmark Gettysburg Address. PBS LearningMedia has a wealth of content available to help commemorate this event, including this clip from Lincoln@Gettysburg, which explores how in a troubled time in our nation's history, Lincoln defined what democracy really meant and gave the nation an ideal tostrive for. We also invite you to check out UEN’s promotion of GettyReady, a Utah-based non-profit established to encourage learners of all ages to memorize, study and apply the Gettysburg Address on its anniversary and beyond.
Additional Lincoln and Gettysburg Address resources:
This clip from Lincoln@Gettsyburg focuses on President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, explaining the meaning of the Address in detail, line by line. Grades 6-12
This photograph is the only existing photograph of President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. Grades 6-12
David Coleman, a contributing author to the Common Core State Standards, describes an exemplary module that he and his fellow authors have designed in this video from EngageNY's Common Core Video Series. Grades 13+
In this video segment excerpted from the PBS series Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and President Bill Clinton examine the context and content of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Grades 4-12
This clip from Lincoln@Gettysburg focuses on the relationship between President Lincoln and his personal valet, William H. Johnson, as Johnson accompanies Lincoln on the train trip to Gettysburg for the dedication of the National Cemetery.