"What lessons should Americans today draw from the Gettysburg Address?"
The Gettysburg Address can help us in many ways. It reminds us that men fought for this country and that the country did not come without bloodshed. We also are reminded that the “government of the people, by the people, for the people should not perish from the earth.”
Millions of men fought for this country. Whether you were a confederate or part of the union, there were many men who fought in the civil war. About 2 million soldier were Union soldiers and about 1 million soldiers fought for the confederates (http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/faq/). Brothers were fighting brothers, cousins against cousins, and father verses son. If you were a man or a boy you had a side that you had to choose.
This country most definitely did not come without bloodshed. About 620,000 of the 3 million soldiers died from: combat, accident, starvation, and disease. If you were killed in combat you either were killed by a gun, a bayonet, or a cannon. 58% of the 620,000 soldiers were killed by a gun. Now some people might think that a bayonet was a type of gun. It was really just an extension to the gun. The extension was a sword. Only .2% of the 620,000 soldiers were stabbed and killed by the bayonet. 5.7% of the 620,000 soldiers were shot and killed by a cannon. And the rest were killed and/or died from something else (http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/faq/).
Abraham Lincoln said that, “The government of the people, by the people, for the people should not perish from the earth.” Which is true, we should not let this country perish because it is an amazing country. If we are going to keep an amazing country we must keep it by the people by having the people vote for who they think will be the best president and leaders which will make the best decisions on bills, war, etc. We must do research on the person we think should be president. We should look at their grades, criminal record, other job applications, and their personality. If you look at their grades you will find if they turned in their assignments and if they did them well. If they have good grade that shows that they followed through with their tasks. Then you should look at their criminal record and see if they have gotten in to any trouble with the law. If they have that probably means that they cheated on their grades which means that they have to cheat and that does not work if you want to be the president of the United States of America. You should also look at their job applications. If they have a good job application that probably means that they were a good worker and got their jobs done. But, you cannot just look at their job applications alone. If you do, you will not know how well of an education they got. If they do not have a good education that person should not be the president because they would not know the things that they must know like economy, debt, etc. We should also see how they act around other people because you need to be able to work and listen to other people. If you are not able to listen to other people than you will probably not be able to come up with the most efficient ideas that could help the United States of America.
That is how the Gettysburg Address can help us and the United States of America. It helps us remember that many people fought and died for this country, that this country was built by the people for the people and that we should not let this great country fall.