Prof. Allen Guelzo, author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, authored a July 1 opinion piece on Gettysburg and the eternal battle for a "new birth of freedom" that appeared in the Wall street Journal.
From the Journal:
Among my great-grandfather's papers, carefully set down in his small, gnarled handwriting, is a copy of the Gettysburg Address. When Lincoln delivered the speech, my great-grandfather was 10 years old and living in Sweden, the illegitimate son of an aristocrat. That inconvenient birth exposed him to the haphazardness of privilege—for although he was raised, petted and groomed by his father's family, he soon understood that he would never have any real standing in that family or their world.
Over their protests, he left Sweden in his 20s, arriving penniless in New York in 1879 but still in possession of the American president's words, the promise of a new nation founded on the proposition that all men are created equal, where no one—not even a baron's bastard—was obliged to remove his cap when his betters rode by.