The Gettysburg gospel
Seven score and a few years ago, President Abraham Lincoln brought forth upon this globe words that the world has long remembered. Phrase by phrase, the words Lincoln spoke on November 19, 1863, are rendered and illustrated in large, powerful paintings by artist Sam Fink in The Gettysburg Address. Opposite each full-page painting of Lincoln and a phrase from the address are other Lincoln quotations, along with ones about him from Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Sandburg and others. The prominent Lincoln scholar Gabor Boritt, who participated in the 1956 revolt against the Russians in his native Hungary, has just cause to stress in his introduction that Lincoln's words, especially a government of the people, by the people, have become a kind of secular gospel, not only for Americans who have such a government, but for nations ever since that have fought and died to achieve it.