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1850-1865: We are a house divided, a nation torn by bloody civil war

November 19, 1863
President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address

Gettysburg Address

Lincoln chooses his words carefully. His Gettysburg Address says we’re a nation, not just a collection of states. We’ve been one since 1776, even before the Constitution was written.

Read about it in the New York times

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