Today marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Ken Burns' tribute to it is at www.learntheaddress.org, a site worth checking out.
I miss teaching a history class where I could've dwelled on the speech today. However, this particular speech was a hard one to teach in a history class. It's more an exercise in the beauty of language than anything else. A speech from this leader I preferred working with my students in interpretation was the 2nd inaugural address of 1865.