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To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

  • Bill Gates Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Bill Gates recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Gabby Gifford and Friends Recite the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Gabby Gifford and friends recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Ken Burns Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Ken Burns recite the Gettysburg Address as part of his challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Randi Weingarten Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Randi Weingarten recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Stephen Colbert Recites the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Stephen Colbert recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • The Gettysburg Address Mashup

    Watch President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Spielberg and more recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12
  • Classroom Tips for Memorizing the Gettysburg Address

    To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, here are some tips for helping students, in school or at home, memorize the Address and join the national effort to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. 

    Grades: K-12
  • Joan Ganz Cooney, Elmo, and Murray Recite the Gettysburg Address

    Watch Joan Ganz Cooney, Elmo, and Murray recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to LEARN THE ADDRESS.

    Grades: K-12

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