150 Year Old Gettysburg Address

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It has been 150 years to the day since US President5 Abraham Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address. Now that Google has put five versions of the speech online in extremely close detail. It underscores that even the great President Lincoln had to edit his work.

Today, the speech is set in the history books, but back in 1863, Lincoln was constantly fiddling with his message. The early editions of the great speech did not include "under God," while the phrase "a new birth of freedom," one of its most famous lines, wasn't added until after journalist Samuel Wilkeson used something similar to describe a battle in which his son died.

In fact, three versions in Google's exhibit were written down after Lincoln delivered the historic address.

http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/lincoln-s-gettysburg-add...

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