Gettysburg Address Read By Victoria Justice!
Victoria Justice was among the many participants who read the Gettysburg Address in honor of the speech's 150th anniversary, as well as the Ken Burns documentary The Address!
The Gettysburg Address, which President Abraham Lincoln delivered on November 19, 1863, was a speech that reiterated the importance of the Declaration of Independence and reminded the United States about the importance of equality for all.
The Address is a documentary by renowned documentarian Ken Burns that captures a moment in the lives of students who attend a school for boys with learning differences and disabilities in the small town of Putney, Vermont.
There, boys aged 11 to 17 were tasked with the challenge of practicing, memorizing and reciting the Gettysburg Address, overcoming their individual learning difficulties to remember the significance of the landmark speech!
Burns was also at the head of an effort across the country to try to get every American to read or recite the speech!
Victoria Justice joined former presidents, journalists, comedians and even Muppets as part of this momentous anniversary, recording her own reading of the speech. Check out the video below to watch!
The full text of the speech is also listed below. Why not record a video of yourself reading the Gettysburg Address and share it with us at SweetyHigh.com?
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."