Gettysburg Address Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Most students have heard of the Gettysburg Address, but not all can actually explain its meaning or significance. These discussion questions can help you build a deeper appreciation for this speech and connect it to other themes in your classroom.

The Gettysburg Address

On November 19 of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most famous speeches in American history. While the speech itself was not overly long, or even the main event in the commemoration of the dead at Gettysburg, Lincoln's speech has been remembered for encapsulating the ideologies of American democracy and helping to establish how the Civil War would be enshrined in popular memory. These discussion questions can help guide your students through the Gettysburg Address. The questions are designed to be easily adaptable to suit students of different grade levels.

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