Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Essay Contest Submission by Erika Fredericks - 6th Grade

"What lessons should Americans today draw from the Gettysburg Address?"

by Erika Fredericks - 6th Grade

The Gettysburg Address is one of the most important speeches in the history of the world. It has so many important lessons that we can all learn. There are small lessons and big lessons that we can learn.  

          Abraham Lincoln never used I or me. That means that we were all in the war together. Even if we weren’t fighting in the war we still need to work as a team. At the end of the Gettysburg Address He said “And that government of the people, by the people, for the people.” That means we need to work together to make the world a better place to be and live. We can all make a difference in the world, just by smiling at someone. A smile spreads like a seed. If one person smiles at another person it will keep on spreading. We could do service and help someone in need. My mom always says “treat everyone like you want to be treated.” Then when I do something mean to one of my sibling she also says “How would you feel if they did that to you.” I think that is a very good advice for everyone.

          Another lesson that we can learn is that everyone is created equal. Even though we don’t have slaves we still don’t treat each other equal. In any school everyone splits themselves in to groups. There might be groups of smart kids, geeks, soccer players, dancers, and popular kids; they will all stick together. The popular kids will leave people out of their group, they will be mean to them because they are not popular like them. That is same with any other group. Every time that happens there is always one person that doesn’t have a group so they always get picked on. Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg address “All men are created equal.” Everyone expects to be treated the right way. In our schools that is not happening. Right now a lot kids pick on someone even if they don’t realize that they are but, they are, and that can ruin someone’s life because they feel like no one likes them.  Like I put in my first lesson, my mom always says “Treat others like you want to be treated,” and “How would you feel if someone did that to you.” If we all treated each other the same we wouldn’t have some of the problems that we do in our schools than we did before we were being nice to one each other.

          My last lesson that I found was that we need to honor the brave men and women that fought for our country. Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg address “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate – we con not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above to our poor power to add or detract.” He is not saying that we are weak he is saying that they gave their lives for us and we can’t do anything worth anything more than what they did. We need to honor the things those honorable people did for us. They also fought for the slaves. They fought their families for the people that didn’t even have the same color skin as them. They fought for the people that everyone hated because of their skin.  They fought for the people that could have worked for them and did all of their chores.

          In conclusion, I think that there are many different lessons that we can learn from the Gettysburg Address, but I chose three. Being in the war together and working together happens whether we know it or not. Everyone is equal and my last lesson that I chose was that we need to honor those who fought for our country. These are great lessons that we can all learn.

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