“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
American Democracy is a living political system, it evolves.
In 1776 ‘all men are created equal’ meant all wealthy white men who
owned land; by 1863, it meant most white men regardless of class and
a war with the South to abolish slavery.
American Democracy continues to struggle and evolve.
“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”
Below is a slideshow made of photos taken at four of the major national and international marches against fascism in the past six months.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
An American soldier puzzles over what it means to be an American as he observes the enemy and interacts with the other men in of his platoon.
“When we were kids we never thought much about freedom or liberty, maybe that’s because we had so much of it.”
Released in 1945 but made while U.S. Forces were still in combat, “An American soldier, realizes the greatness of his country and determines to assume the share of responsibilities of good citizenship upon his return to civilian life.“