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The Gettysburg Address: Lincoln spoke to the whole family of man

'New birth of freedom' was meant to apply to everyone 150 years ago

POSTED: November 17, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Gettysburg Address was a long time “a-birthing,” almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: “Four score and seven years ago”— 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.

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