VIDEO: College students can't recognize Gettysburg Address on its 150th birthday

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  • Some students guessed it was by George Washington as part of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • The address was actually delivered by Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863
  • A number of college students interviewed at George Mason University (GMU) on Tuesday were unable to recognize famous lines from the Gettysburg Address despite the fact that it was the famous speech's 150th birthday. 

    "I don't know, I have just never heard of it," stuttered one student.

    "I cannot explain it to you," another student told Dan Joseph, a reporter for the Media Research Center.

    WATCH: Students unable to recognize the Gettysburg Address 

    "It's the most famous speech anyone ever gave, ever," Joseph hinted to one grasping student. 

    Several guessed famous lines such as "four score and seven years ago" were actually excerpted from the Emancipation Proclamation. At least two guessed they had been delivered by George Washington.  

    Perhaps not all hope is lost. Of the dozens of students interviewed by Joseph, at least two correctly identified lines from the 272-word oration. 

    The Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches every given in American-history, and was delivered by then-President Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863, during the American Civil War. 

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    Text of the Gettysburg Address: 

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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