The Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and director of Civil War Era Studies says that Gettysburg served as the affirmation of American democracy for Lincoln.
Gettysburg College Prof. Allen Guelzo authored a piece that explores the Civil War's test of American democracy and Lincoln's affirmation of the American experiment in the Gettysburg Address The piece appeared in the Nov. 17 New York Times Sunday Review, just two days before the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.
In the Sunday Review, Guelzo's thoughts were accompanied by the story of David Wills, an 1851 graduate of Gettysburg College (then Pennsylvania College), who invited Lincoln to the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery in November 1863.
Guelzo's is the final piece in a seven-part series sponsored by Gettysburg College, and designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and generate thoughtful discourse about its legacy.
Read Prof. Guelzo's full text