Download or read book Solemn Affairs written by Nicholas Alahverdian and published by Nicholas Alahverdian Press. This book was released on 2018-09-28 with total page 20 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Is a speech that denies itself as memorable bound to be forgotten, or will it be known throughout the world for ages to come? An ideal example of this ironic plight is the Gettysburg Address, now one of the most widely remarked upon speeches in American history. Did the speech surreptitiously employ a humble approach to enable the memorialization of this speech? Or was it truly an unintentional masterpiece of American rhetoric? Lincoln’s revered speech, as well as historical newspaper commentary related to its legacy, have been studied for decades by historians and critics. The Address is arguably one of the most effective speeches of all time, and not just in American history. But what was its captivating power: its striking lines? Its brevity? Its patriotism?