Abraham Lincolns infamous “Gettysburg Address” and John F Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” are both two speeches that are renownedly known across the nation its importance to American history. Both speeches have their differences, but hold similar context within them. Both made in times of crisis; the President’s expressed the value of everybody being made equally and therefore should be treated equally. Abraham Lincolns speech addresses and pays tribute to union soldiers who passed away during the battle of Gettysburg, saying “We have came to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live” Paying his tribute to his union soldiers who died in order for this country to be wheres its at now. Beginning his speech with ” Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Lincoln starts by paying tribute to the Declaration of Independence of our nation, referencing our values; Equality for all. Furthering his speech by emphasizing towards the end the importance of coming together as a nation to make sure that these soldiers did not die in vain, but to sacrifice themselves in order for ” Under god, shall have a new birth of freedom- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not parish from this earth.” In other words making sure our soldiers died for the purpose of having a government that supports the people. Their has been many progress done in terms of government of, by , and for the people, but still lacks things and will be a hassle worth tackling for other generations in the future to create change.
President John F Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” on the contrary made motive that he as the leader of our nation would take any measures to make sure the nation succeeds and equality is granted. Beginning his speech with a powerful message “the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of god” Saying that we the people have the power to make the world a better place and that freedom is a gift from god that no one has the right to take away from you. President Kennedy also attacks the problem of poverty within the nation in his speech, stating “to convert our good words into good deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty.” Telling thee crowd about the problems of the nations poverty that is still a ongoing problem today. Also stating , “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” This is still holds value till this day as the many people who poor need government assistance and the few who are rich in our nation dont. Al in all , although different speeches in different time periods, both were made to conquer the same problem.
I do not believe that the United States has yet to solve these problems, Poverty is still a ongoing issue throughout the nation. Racism is also still alive in America, with colored people still fighting against injustices and police brutality. This is a ongoing issue in America, as there has been decades on top of decades of injustices against colored people, and still no change; still no equality among the people.