The Gettysburg Address
The definitive dissection on film of the Gettysburg Address.
The Gettysburg Address is a documentary film celebrating the most famous speech in American history---the Gettysburg Address.
Featuring interviews with Harold Holzer, James McPherson, Douglas L. Wilson, Allen Guelzo, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Michael Burlingame, Senators Dick Durbin & Kelly Ayotte, Matthew Broderick, and Tom Brokaw, this production will serve as the definitive dissection on film of the Gettysburg Address.
The Civil War was America's bloodiest conflict. In four years, more than 620,000 soldiers gave their lives to the cause. In the midst of the war, following devastatingly unthinkable human losses in great battles, President Abraham Lincoln was compelled to appear at the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. In 272 words, Lincoln succinctly defined for a wounded nation why the fight must continue - what was worth fighting (and dying) for.
In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of this treasured work, documentary filmmakers Jim & Sean Conant set out on a journey to speak with all leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the Gettysburg Address, and conservators of historic works. Their quest to view all five original copies of the Gettysburg Address was quickly hindered upon realization that one of the copies - the Bliss copy - very rarely leaves the Lincoln bedroom in the White House, where it was willed to remain for the American people by it's last private owner. Average Americans eager to view and connect more personally with this manuscript are denied the opportunity. In over 50 years, the Bliss copy has been publicly exhibited only once, for six weeks (November 2008 to January 2009).
There is no better opportunity for a researcher or enthusiast to connect personally with our nation's rich history than to visit and see places, artifacts, and manuscripts with our own eyes!
From interviews with the country's leading historians, Lincoln scholars, Ivy League professors, powerful politicians, businessmen, conservationists, and celebrities to discussions with inspired visitors at Lincoln shrines across America, The Gettysburg Address dissects Lincoln's ability to eloquently define the American ideal and also investigates the mystery behind the lack of exhibition of the famous Bliss copy.