What did a U.S. President and a Native American Chief have in Common?

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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. Chief Joseph was a great Chief of the Nez Perce Native Americans.

When trying to reach agreements with American officials Chief Joseph made the famous statement…“It does not require a lot of words to speak the truth”!  During that same period in American History Abraham Lincoln proved it!

On November 19, 1863, a portion of the Gettysburg battlefield was dedicated as a cemetery to the soldiers of the North and South that died there.  Edward Everett, a famous politician of the time was selected to deliver the dedication speech. As an afterthought the president of the United States was invited to, “say a few words”

Edward Everett gave a 13,600 word speech that lasted for two hours! When he was done Abraham Lincoln stood up – put on his steel rim glasses – took a piece of paper out of his tall silk hat and delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history! It was 280 words and lasted two minutes!

 

Quiz:

 

What is the name of Abraham Lincolns most famous speech?

 

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