Global Gettysburg Prezi

Gettysburg LincolnThis Prezi presentation reveals some of the “global” impact of Lincoln’s most eloquent and influencial speech, the Gettysburg Address. 

The inspiration for this project came from a question posed by David Blight, professor of American history at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. In 2009, the Journal of American History held a two month, online conversation on “Global Lincoln” with eleven world famous historians. In response to the question, “How and why, since his assassination, have Lincoln’s principles exerted such influence around the globe?” David Blight wrote:

“Among the flood of Lincoln books in recent years…I find some of the most original work seems to be on Lincoln the writer, the wielder of words…Did the world begin to know Lincoln in those lasting words or was it largely in popular imagery and mythic descriptions? … His ideas, after all, especially about political liberty and general human rights, were decidedly not parochial, but worldly and international.”

Global Gettysburg shows how Lincoln borrowed from his contemporaries to create one of America’s founding documents and how world leaders since have borrowed from him.


Primary Documents and Videos that may be used from “Global Gettysburg” Prezi


Primary Source: “San Min Chu I” Three Principles of the People by Dr. Sun Yat-sen

Secondary Source: Article on Jiang Zemin reciting Gettysburg Address.

Primary Source: Article on Mike Wallace’s Interview with Jiang Zemin

Secondary Source (Video) Sun Yat-sen: The Father of Modern China 

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Secondary Source: Facist Propaganda and a Lincoln Forgery

Secondary Source (Video): Mazzini’s Unification of Italy


  Secondary Source (Video/Song) Hymn to Sarmiento

Secondary Source: Article on Sarmiento Statue


Primary Source (Audio): Voice of Lajos Kossuth

Primary Source: Kossuth Speech –January 7, 1852



  Primary Source: Fidel Castro’s Speech on Democracy-1959

 Secondary Source (Video) Fidel Castro “Face the Nation”


Primary Source: Kwame Nkrumah: Independence Speech-March 6, 1957

Secondary Source (Video): The Story of Kwame Nkrumah



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Primary Source: John Drinkwater’s Play “Abraham Lincoln”

Secondary Source (Video)  Words for Battle

9780809333103_p0_v1_s260x420In 2009 at the American University of Paris, Jared Peatman delivered a lecture titled “The Gettysburg Address as Foreign Policy.” Peatman’s dissertation on the legacy of the speech has become a book, “The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.” Peatman now serves on the faculty of The Lincoln Leadership Institute. This is a review of his just published book:

“Who owns the immortal words that Abraham Lincoln delivered at the soldiers’ cemetery overlooking Gettysburg? This question animates Jared Peatman’s immensely important The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. From the moment the president stepped away from the speaker’s platform on November 19, 1863, his ‘brief remarks’ unleashed fierce disagreements throughout the country. This contentious debate, as the author argues, quickly turned into a global conversation about issues of human freedom and the meaning of citizenship that continues to this day. Peatman’s powerful book reminds us that for every student who memorizes the Gettysburg Address, he or she will likely reach very different conclusions as to what Lincoln meant by a ‘new birth of freedom.”Peter S. Carmichael, Fluhrer Professor of History and director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College 

Videos of the Global Gettysburg


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