Disillusion

Whitewashed Gettysburg Address

3 Double 30" x 60" x 1.5" (90" x 60" x 1.5") engraved plexi panels with LED light and synthetic polymer.

 

 

 

When President Abraham Lincoln delivered his two minute address at Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863, over 250,000 soldiers had died in Civil War battles. Union and Confederate soldiers fought brothers, friends, relatives and colleagues to defend their Constitutional rights as they interpretted them. Lincoln however, focused his speech instead on the claims made by the Declaration of Independence, that "all men are created equal," denying slave owners the right to claim enslaved human beings as property. Lincoln's address positioned the Civil War as a fight for human equality, not just the preservation of the Union. By the end of the Civil War, 750,000 soldiers had died defending the fight for, or against slavery. Though the Union was preserved, the inhumanity of mass incarceration, discrimination, racism and inequality prove Lincoln's address, and perhaps the Declaration of Independence, a promise not yet realized.