Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America - Appendix 3 Part 2 Summary & Analysis

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Appendix 3 Part 2 Summary

Edward Everett's entire speech is printed in the Appendix as an example of funeral oratory. It is very long and hard to read because of its stilted old-fashioned language. It is in the style of a nineteenth century orator, so there are sentences like:

Who that hears me has forgotten the thrill of joy that ran through the country on the 4th of July -auspicious day for the glorious tidings, and rendered still more so by the simultaneous fall of Vicksburg-when the telegraph flashed through the land the assurance from the President of the United States that the army of the Potomac, under General Meade, had again smitten the invader?

Everett's work is much harder to read than Lincoln's. In a comparison of two writing samples, Everett averages 78 words per sentence, an average word length of five letters, and with sentences...

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