Ken Burns is working on a new documentary film about the Civil War. It is called "The Address" and it chronicles the story of a group of Vermont schoolboys with learning disabilities who memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address. Here is a taste of an article on the documentary in USA Today:
Greenwood School Headmaster Stewart Miller said that reciting the
Gettysburg Address has been a core of the school's curriculum for all of
its 35 years. This year, about 250 parents, fellow former students and
"When you memorize something, you really own it, it becomes a part of you," Miller said.
The Gettysburg Address "is not a long speech, but it has a lot of
complexity," Miller said. "It is about finding the inner strength to
push through. What we talk about is grit — setting a goal and sticking
Burns said he thinks the 150th anniversary is an
opportunity for all Americans to revisit Lincoln's message in the
darkest days of the Civil War.
"We will challenge the rest of
America to try to memorize the Gettysburg Address and we are hoping it
will be among the greatest mass memorizations in history," he said.