Audience

Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address at what was to become the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The speech was addressed in front of a live audience formed by the representatives of the committee for the Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, politicians, journalists, and crowds of soldiers and civilians – all together approximately 15,000 people.

The speech was covered by the written press of the time (American and international), leading to a national and international audience. The way the speech was covered in the press widely varied according to newspapers’ political orientation. For example, Chicago Times, which favored the Democratic Party, covered the speech in negative terms. This was also the case with some British newspapers (since the ...

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