Happy 150th Birthday, Gettysburg Address! Here’s Why Lincoln Started With “Four Score and Seven Years Ago.”

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Nov. 19 2013 7:00 AM

Why “Four Score and Seven Years Ago”?

The complicated politics and philosophies behind the first six words of the Gettysburg Address.

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. In this excerpt from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, out now from William Morrow, the cartoonists explore the speech’s first six words.

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Excerpted from The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell, out now from William Morrow.

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Correction, Nov. 19, 2013: A panel in this excerpt misstated that the Hartford Convention of 1814-15 occurred during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. It occurred during James Madison’s presidency. The original panel remains.

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