Steven Spielberg honors anniversary of Gettysburg address

The 149th anniversary of Lincoln’s speech brought Spielberg, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and playwright Tony Kushner to Gettysburg.
One of three known photos of Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. Made from the original glass plate negative at the National Archives which had lain unidentified for fifty-five years until 1952 when Josephine Cobb recognized Lincoln in the image. To Lincoln’s right is bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon. To his far left is Governor Andrew G. Curtin of Pennsylvania. The photograph is estimated to have been taken at about noontime, just after Lincoln arrived, before Edward Everett’s arrival and about three hours before Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address photo David Bachrach (1845-1921)

Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tony Kushner, and a slew of Civil War re-enactors all gathered in memory of one of the greatest speeches in American history.

“History at its best, I believe, is about telling stories … and no president understood better the power of stories than Abraham Lincoln,” historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said. “Indeed in the Gettysburg Address we commemorate today, Lincoln translated the story of our country into words of enduring clarity and beauty, a country founded on the majestic idea that ordinary people could govern themselves.”

Spielberg addressed citizens from 11 countries who took the oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens this morning at the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg.

After spending seven years working his new movie “Lincoln,” Spielberg says he felt like the 16th president is one of his oldest and dearest friends. He says Lincoln would want Americans to realize equality is a “democratic essential.”

Gettysburg is where the U.S. military was able to stop an invasion of the North by Confederate troops under Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Lincoln gave the three-minute speech, which famously begins with the phrase, “four score and seven years ago,” at the dedication of the cemetery four months after the battle.

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