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Lincoln's Main Idea

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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.

The passage as a whole can BEST be described as

A

a commemoration that gives way to criticism.

B

a case for how the past can influence the future.

C

an outline of causes that seem to be true of all human conflict.

D

an alternation between the promise and peril of building a new nation.

E

an illustration of the interplay between memory and experience.