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Impersonating my favorite leader, Sir Abraham Lincoln by Arnav Chandraganti, 6th Grader, TX

Abraham Lincoln was a very effective leader. He played a huge impact in shaping America and abolished slavery. Today, I am going to be talking about one of his most famous and impactful speeches, the “Gettysburg Address".

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 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 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.

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

The Gettysburg Address is a speech that Abraham Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg.

It is one of the greatest political speeches of all time, explaining America’s critical challenge with slavery while paying tribute to the men that have died in the face of those challenges. All men are treated equally, he says. Lincoln's message in this speech was that the living can honor the wartime dead not with a speech, but rather by continuing to fight for the ideas they gave their lives for. This speech made Americans realize that we were a unified nation. More people started to feel that the country was united. In conclusion, the Gettysburg Address is one of the most influential speeches given and it shows that the Civil War wasn’t just a fight to save the Union, it was a fight for freedom and equality.

This was a great session that was about impersonating effective leaders by presenting one of their speeches. We were also asked to explain why they were effective.

I chose to impersonate Abraham Lincoln, which I think did a decent job at doing it. I definitely had the appearance, a black jacket, a long black hat, and a virtual mustache. I confidently presented the speech, and then explained the message of the speech, the Gettysburg Address.

I talked a lot about how Abraham Lincoln was effective and how he played a major role in shaping our nation. Overall, this was a fun experience, and I learned a lot about Abraham Lincoln as well.

Below is a picture of me presenting:

Thank You and this is some info about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and my experience in the session.

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