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Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, 1863

Lincoln, Abraham. "The Gettysburg Address." Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 19 Nov. 1863. Speech.

What is the speaker’s PRIMARY purpose in lines 1-6?

A

To introduce the idea of war.

B

To remind the audience that they are part of the same nation.

C

To give a sense of the passage of time and compare the birth of the nation with the present day.

D

To give the audience a sense of urgency.

E

To remind the audience who he is and why he has the authority to speak.