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The Gettysburg Address, written by Abraham Lincoln in less than an hour. The speech took less than five minutes to deliver, and the photographer on the scene didn't capture photos because his camera wasn't ready, as he was expecting Lincoln to talk for at least an hour. Reading the text still gives me goosebumps

Gettysburg Address Page 2- John Nicolay Version Abraham Lincoln gave copies of the Gettysburg Address to each of his private secretaries, John Nicolay and John Hay.


Daniel Day-Lewis viewing the Gettysburg Address, in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House. Day-Lewis, of course, plays Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's movie "Lincoln". Photo by The White House, via Flickr