Nine days before the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Gettysburg College history and Africana Studies Prof. Scott Hancock was featured in a "Meet the Press" segment on the meaning and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln's speech.
"Lincoln is using rhetoric, but he is living the reality of it, as are Americans then -- what the cost is of not having freedom and equality," said Hancock in the interview.
Watch the full segment below.
Watch the video on NBCNews.com.
About Dedication Day 2013
On November 19, the College will join with the rest of the Gettysburg community and the country in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Dedication Day 2013 will include the 10 a.m. ceremony at Soldiers' National Ceremony featuring keynote speakers U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson.
Immediately following the ceremony, Hancock will be the keynote speaker in a Graveside Salute to the U.S. Colored Troops. The brief wreath laying service will take place at the grave of Charles H. Parker, located along the west side of Soldiers' National Cemetery.
In the evening, the 7:30 p.m. 52nd Annual Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture will feature historian David Blight, and the 2013 Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction will be awarded to Peter Troy for May the Road Rise Up to Meet You at the College's Majestic Theater.
More information about the 150th anniversaries of the Gettysburg Address, Battle of Gettysburg, and the American Civil War (2011-2015) can be found on the College's Sesquicentennial webpage.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Contact: Nikki Rhoads, senior assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803
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