Here is the The Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our forefathers 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 battlefield 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 cannot
dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot 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.
What’s the mystery?
At this point, how do we verify that the original text was “forefathers” and not “fathers”?
What are your educational recollections?
I seem to remember “forefathers.”
What would be the reason for making the switch?
Is it a test to see if anyone notices, or cares, as our history is altered, thus shaping our future.
What’s next, switching the wording in the constitution? That could NEVER happen, right?
ht/ Toby Miles