The 149th anniversary of Lincoln’s speech brought Spielberg, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and playwright Tony Kushner to Gettysburg.
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.