Brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty

from Abraham Lincoln – The Gettysburg Address on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lincoln’s speech bears much similarity to Pericles' “Funeral Oration,” which was, according to Thucydides, delivered at the conclusion of the first year of the Peloponnesian War. This line parallels Pericles' praise for Athenian democracy:

‘Our form of government does not enter into rivalry with the institutions of others. We do not copy our neighbours, but are an example to them. It is true that we are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few.

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