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Lincoln Memorial - ... Building this memorial was surely the right way to go. There were many people of all ages, ethnicity, and class. All the people gathered at the memorial created a sense of unity although we were all there for different purposes. Many of these people were in high spirits and were enjoying themselves. While researching and reading about the history of the memorial, I found interesting things that stood out. An example of this was the story behind the structural design. The architecture of the chamber inside the memorial means something itself....   [tags: U.S. History ]
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Lincoln, Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska The city of Lincoln is the capital of the Cornhusker State, Nebraska. Lincoln is located in the southeastern part of the state, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Omaha. It lies in a shallow basin about 1,160 feet (355 meters) above sea level. Salt Creek and its tributaries thread through the basin. Lincoln serves as a center for educational, cultural, and religious institutions. The city also developed as the trade center for a wide agricultural area. In the city are the buildings that house the various departments of the city, county, and state governments, the state mental and orthopedic hospitals, and the state penitentiary....   [tags: essays research papers] 439 words
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Lincoln the Tyrant - Lincoln the Tyrant There is no doubt that Abraham Lincoln is widely regarded as one of the great American presidents. The general public, when asked about Lincoln, will often tell the tale of a great man. Holding their head high, they will embark on the journey of a benevolent leader, praising the man who envisioned a new America: a great country of racial equality, and the pillar of human liberty. There are some, however, who have quite the opposite view. In his work, The Real Lincoln, economic historian Thomas J....   [tags: Essays Papers] 2247 words
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Abe Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in the Kentucky wilderness. When be was a little boy his Grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. He had a little sister by the name of Sarah. As he went to school he met a boy by the name of Austin. They instantly became friends more so best of friends. At first Abe wasn't allowed to go to school because he didn't have a good pair of britches. In his pastime he loved to read. When Abe was eleven, his mother died of what they called "milk sick" which occurred from drinking unpasteurized milk....   [tags: essays research papers] 1210 words
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The Lincoln Assassination - John Wilkes Booth, born May 10, 1838, was an actor who performed throughout the country in many plays. He was the lead in some of William Shakespeare's most famous works. Additionally, he was a racist and Southern sympathizer during the Civil War. He hated Abraham Lincoln who represented everything Booth was against. Booth blamed Lincoln for all the South's ills. He wanted revenge. In late summer of 1864 Booth began developing plans to kidnap Lincoln, take him to Richmond (the Confederate capital), and hold him in return for Confederate prisoners of war....   [tags: essays research papers] 961 words
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Lincoln Assassination - he Lincoln Assassination On April, 14 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of An American Cousin at Ford’s Theater. President Lincoln died the next morning. The person who had killed Lincoln was John Wilkes Booth. A few days before he was killed, Lincoln had told his spouse about a dream he had, he saw a president shrouded on a catafalque in the east room of the White House. Even after this dream he attended An American Cousin at Ford’s Theater. John Wilkes Booth thought the president was determined to destroy the constitution, set aside the rights reserved to the states, crush civil liberties, and restore monarchy....   [tags: essays research papers] 575 words
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Abe Lincoln - History Essay The United Sates declared its independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Great Britain did not recognize its independence until, the Treaty of Paris, two years after the American forces defeated the Britain army at the siege of Yorktown. Since the Articles of Confederation were replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789, the United States has had forty-two different presidents. Among these presidents, two of the best have were George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. This essay will prove that George Washington was the greatest U.S....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Lincoln’s Birthday - Lincoln’s Birthday This book is a compilation of letters written to and by the revered president, Abraham Lincoln. This makes it so that the same stories are told from different perspectives. All together this book is filled with historically accurate information. The opening passage is Lincoln’s own Autobiography. I wish I could insert the entire passage. I think the closing paragraph is a wonderful description of the man, both in appearance and in demeanor. “If any personal description of me is thought desirable, it may be said I am in height six feet four inches, nearly; lean in flesh, weighing, on an average, one hundred and eighty pounds; dark complexion, with coarse black hair and gray eyes – no other marks or brands recollected....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1022 words
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Lincoln’s Presidency - Abraham Lincoln is a hero to all Americans for he preserved our Union and abolished slavery. Lincoln combined the forces of strength, courage, will, and morality to guide America through a time marked by complete social upheaval and Civil War. Lincoln entered the White House burdened by an oppressive set of domestic issues; the most pressing was the rift between the North and South. Before Lincoln’s inauguration, the Union was dissolving, and he was left with only one choice, to preserve America and to make war against the South....   [tags: American History]
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The Great Speeches of Araham Lincoln - ... However Lincoln’s agenda was not simply to affirm the legality of his party’s stance. His argument completely alters the political dynamic between the Donkey and the Elephant causing them to switch places. Lincoln’s awareness that his argument would cause a power shift is evident in his change of tone. He stops using the highly legalist style he had been using. Having established his position as the real conservative, Lincoln no longer needs to be cautious of being labeled a radical. His speech becomes more charged and he becomes very confrontational when speaking to the Democrats....   [tags: American History] 1770 words
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Abrham Lincoln: Biggot? - Abraham Lincoln named the "Great Emancipator" in actuality was the exact opposite. Having humble beginnings from the western and southern perspective, Lincoln claimed to be a common man; however he reluctantly wanted to give the rights of the common man to blacks. Beginning his policies in the Illinois legislature Lincoln supported the idea of liberating blacks and sending them to Africa, and not giving them free rights in the United States of America. Hofstadter would agree to a great extent with Lincoln's reluctance to emancipate the slaves because until he reached the presidency and needed to appeal to the populous did he denounce slavery in public....   [tags: History President US] 846 words
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Lincoln As I Knew Him - Lincoln As I Knew Him Over the past decade, historians have gained a new respect for the value of oral history and reminiscence. “For generations serious scholars had discounted this type of historical data as being too easily flawed. It is the very nature of reminiscence that it is history being perceived by individuals, and is therefore susceptible to the human traits of bias, misconception, and utter falsification.” (Harold Holzer) However, work being done by modern scholars has shown that used carefully and selectively, many historical facts and incidents can be divined from these sources....   [tags: Papers] 506 words
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The Words of President Lincoln - ... These phrases are very eloquent and short, but make a powerful impact on the audience. A great example of this is at the end of the Gettysburg Address, where he calls on the public to honor the dead by “[taking] 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”(“Abraham Lincoln Online”). By ending with a call to action it gives the public the responsibility of serving their country and left the audience with a very powerful thought....   [tags: American History]
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Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address - Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address As I read the lines carefully of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, I wonder how a man who is elected for his second term as president with over 54% of the popular vote, and in turn, compose such an eloquent address can be assassinated little more than a month later. In reading other commentaries concerning this address it seems to me that everyone concurs that this address is one of the finest speeches ever written by a president. Lincoln wrote other memorable speeches such as his first inaugural address, and the Gettysburg Address, which are of equally high caliber, however, his second inaugural address is considered a favorite by most critics....   [tags: American History] 1454 words
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History Of The Original Lincoln - In 1858, there was a great struggle within the state of Illinois for a seat in the Senate. The well know Stephen A. Douglas, the favored candidate, was excepted to win. Abraham Lincoln was not a well known candidate. In a struggle for the possible position, Lincoln proposed that he and Douglas organize a series of debates, so that both men might “divide time, and address the same audiences during the same canvass.” Douglas accepted, and he feared that he had “everything to lose from a joint appearance, and yet to decline the challenge would have seemed unmanly in the West of the mid nineteenth century.” Douglas then purposed dates and places; Lincoln complained that Douglas would have four opening and closings speeches whereas he would have only three, he wrote “I accede, and thus close the arrangement.” The first of seven debates was on Saturday, August 21, 1858 at Ottawa, which started an important part of the history of the United States of America, the Lincoln-Douglas debates....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Lincoln and the Outbreak of Civil War - Lincoln and the Outbreak of Civil War The Civil War was the worst crisis in American history, pitting two sides of a split nation against one another in bloody battles that persisted for four exhausting years. It was a war that neither side claimed to want, and that neither side claimed to start. Although popular belief places the blame with the South because they fired the first shot, there is considerable evidence that Lincoln, realizing war was inevitable, coerced the South into firing that first fateful shot....   [tags: American America History]
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Abe Lincoln and Slavery - Abraham was born a poor farmhand boy in Kentucky, but he moved from small cabins in Kentucky, Indiana, and finally settled in Illinois. He was a farmhand for his father in these states and didn’t have much exposure to slavery, although, these states did have black/slave laws. Lincoln got his first dose of slavery at the age of eighteen when he was hired to take a flatboat down to New Orleans. I quote from Lincoln: A Photobiography “Lincoln would never forget the site of black men, women, and children being driven along in chains and being auctioned off like cattle.” This still didn’t change his “opinion” on slavery (he didn’t have one)....   [tags: essays research papers] 644 words
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Lincoln and Good Politics - Lincoln and Good Politics Politicians today as well as yesterday must appeal to the masses to have any chance at being elected into office. Leading up to and during the election of 1860, with tensions rising between the North and South, the issue of slavery was a key to winning the election. Abraham Lincoln "had repeatedly affirmed that Congress had no constitutional right to interfere with slavery in the South" (Enduring Vision, p. 399). This modest view is what won him the Republican nomination as presidential candidate as well as a victory in the 1860 election over Democrat Stephen Douglas, who wrote the Nebraska-Kansas Act and was very adamant about popular sovereignty in the new territories concerning slavery....   [tags: Papers] 947 words
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Mary Todd Lincoln - Mary Todd Lincoln Mary Ann Todd Lincoln, wife of the sixteenth President of the United States, was born December 13, 1818, in Lexington, Kentucky to Robert and Eliza Parker Todd. She was raised in a wealthy, yet dysfunctional family. She was well educated as a child, but needed more attention while growing up.Mary had a lot of problems as a Southern woman during the Civil War. Many people disliked her and people often criticized her actions while she was in the White House....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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The Lincoln Administration Pursuit of Freedom - The Lincoln Administration Pursuit of Freedom There are many ways to describe what freedom is; in fact Webster’s dictionary offers nine different explanations of what the word means. “A right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference,” is one of the most ubiquitous definitions. There are many ways to describe freedom and American history has portrayed it in very contradictory manners. In the late 1700’s, it was very obvious that America’s forefathers sought freedom as they based their revolution on the principal of emancipation but it was only a short while later that the freedoms of others within the country were being inhibited by slavery....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Compare and Contrast Lincoln And Jfk - Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. Much of his childhood was a struggle; his mother dying when he was just ten years old, and with his father being a frontiersman, money was scarce. He had to strive for a comfortable living, and he spent his days working on a farm and keeping a store. Education was also something of limited resources, but because of his hunger for knowledge, he was able to read, write, and cipher. Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846 where he played part of the Illinois legislature for eight years, and for many years he also rode the circuit of courts....   [tags: American History] 1740 words
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Lincoln And The Emanciption of Slaves - What were President Lincoln's attitude emancipation of slaves before and during the early days of the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation was a declaration by Abraham Lincoln that seemed like it was a revolutionary idea on the potential treatment and freeing of blacks, but really, the Emancipation Proclamation was just a politically inspired hoax. It did not give freedom to slaves, or create a bigger hope for equality. Although the Emancipation Proclamation sounded like a realistic and impressive demand for the stop of slavery in the South, its function as a political declaration is clear in the language....   [tags: American History] 1292 words
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Election of Lincoln and Civil War - Election of Lincoln and Civil War How did the election of Lincoln to president in 1860 lead to civil war in the United States of America. Essay: In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected as president of the United States of America, the repercussions of which led to civil war. However it was not only Lincoln’s election that led to civil war but also the slavery debate between the northern and southern states and the state of the economy in the United States. Together with the election of Lincoln these caused a split, both politically and ideologically, between the North and South states which manifested into what is now refereed to as the American Civil War....   [tags: history] 1277 words
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Lincoln vs. Davis - Lincoln vs. Davis Charles Beard, a noted historian said that the American Civil War was a conflict between industry and agriculture. Alexander Stephens, a southern statesman said that the war was about states rights. Horace Greeley, a northern newspaper man, and prominent abolitionist claimed the war was fought over the issue of slavery. Abraham Lincoln said it was a struggle "testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." Lincoln said his paramount object was to save the Union, and if he could accomplish that by not freeing any slaves, he would free none; "if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that....   [tags: Papers] 1932 words
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President Lincoln's Struggle With His Cabinet - President Lincoln's Struggle With His Cabinet Abraham Lincoln is regarded by many historians as the greatest president ever to stand at America's helm. This reputation is extremely well deserved, as Lincoln was able to preserve the Union and gain victory in the civil war, despite his fighting an uphill battle against his own presidential cabinet. Had he not been struggling against this divided government, President Lincoln could have achieved victory with extreme efficiency and a minimum of wanton bloodshed (Angle 659)....   [tags: American America History]
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Lincoln In American Memory (Book Analysis) - Lincoln in American Memory (Book Analysis) "O Captain. My Captain. Our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won… The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done; From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won…" Walt Whitman's description of a ship weathering a powerful storm, and returning safe with its mission complete, perfectly illustrates the United States enduring the divisions of the Civil War. This poem is one of numerous commemorations to the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln....   [tags: Book Review US History] 1847 words
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Lincoln - Greatest Man Of The 19th Century - The man of the nineteenth century. Many historians argue that American culture is based on Civil War and its outcome. It is easy to agree with that statement, because one cannot even imagine living in a slave-owning society that would most definitely develop if the South had won. Abraham Lincoln, America’s sixteenth President was the most influential man of the war. He was responsible for mobilizing the North’s power, getting people, both Republicans and Democrats, to sympathize with the Union cause and consequently, winning the war....   [tags: essays research papers] 615 words
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The Lincoln Assasination's Impact on Walt Whitman - The Lincoln Assasination's Impact on Walt Whitman On the night of the awful tragedy an unreal action occurred in the box at the theater. Watching was the greatest man of his time in the glory of the most stupendous success story in our history. He was the idolized chief of a nation already mighty, and a symbol to all of the grandeur of a great nation. Quick death was to come on the central figure of that company -- the central figure of the great and good men of the century. The shot heard around the country would not die in a whimper....   [tags: Papers] 1138 words
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How Lincoln Won The War With Metaphors - Abraham Lincoln's ability to speak with eloquence and force is what won the Civil War; there can be no doubt about it. His role as a motivator and often an inspiring teacher to all had more of an effect on the troops and the American people than a loss or a victory of any battle ever did. Lincoln's speeches are some of the most celebrated in history for many good reasons. He was always aware of his audience and never failed to impress with his use of logic and knowledge. However, what are most remembered about Lincoln's speeches are his metaphors and imagery used to provoke emotions or ideas from the reader....   [tags: Political Science] 1080 words
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Lincoln's view on Slavery and How it Evolved - ... The North’s strong moral opposition to slavery was due to the influence of the Second Great Awakening which introduced the idea that slavery was a sin. This message became accepted in the North because their economy did not rely heavily on slave labor. The South never accepted the belief that slavery was a sin, it was too threatening to their way of life. The differences in the economies of the North and South greatly influenced their views on slavery. On October 13, 1858 during their sixth and seventh Lincoln-Douglas debates Lincoln states that the main difference in the views of the two parties was that Republicans believed slavery was morally, socially, and politically wrong and Democrats believed it not to be....   [tags: U.S. History]
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Lincoln At Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America - Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America "Fourscore and seven years ago…." These are the first 5 of only two hundred seventy-two words that remade America. In Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, the author, Gary Wills, informed us that Abraham Lincoln wanted equality among us and to unite as one. In Abraham Lincoln's own speech, he would not mention single individuals or even top officers. Everyone was considered as equal importance and was never any different. "Though we call Lincoln's text the Gettysburg Address, that title clearly belongs to Everett." 1 This is very true, which I think is interesting....   [tags: American History] 1132 words
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Comparing The Political Leadership Of Lincoln and Davis - Comparing The Political Leadership Of Lincoln and Davis It may seem self- evident that Lincoln was the greater political leader; Lincoln led the winning side while Davis was defeated. It has though, been thought that once the Northern advantages and Southern disadvantages have been considered, that it is possible, that almost anyone could have led the North to victory. If this is so, was it Davis's strong leadership, which ensured that the confederacy survived as long as it did....   [tags: Papers] 650 words
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Election Of 1860: How Could Lincoln Have Lost The Election - Election of 1860: How Could Lincoln Have Lost the Election The election of 1860 brought a dramatic change to politics. The country had already been divided by the Northern states and Southern states. There were disagreements over whether the territories should be expanded and about each state entering the Union. In addition, slavery was also a major issue. Not only was Lincoln not even on the ballot in nine Southern states, he only won 2 of 996 counties in the entire south. Not only did Lincoln not having any southern support, but also he was apart of the Union and against slavery; his views could have seriously lost him the race....   [tags: Political Science] 1252 words
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The Passing of the Emancipation Proclamation as the Result of Lincoln’s Desire to Undermine the Southern Economy - The Passing of the Emancipation Proclamation as the Result of Lincoln’s Desire to Undermine the Southern Economy Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation completed the most significant u-turn in American history. Months before, in the Crittendon Resolution, Lincoln had explicitly stated that Union forces would not target Southern plantations, and that the South would be welcomed back into the Union with or without the slave system. At this point, Lincoln regarded slavery as a potentially divisive issue and, as noted by the historians Johansson and Hofstatder, aimed to avoid anything that would associate him as being either for or against its abolition....   [tags: Papers] 1240 words
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Exploring Whether or Not the Split of the Democratic Party in 1860 was Responsible for the Election of Lincoln - There has always been discourse between the political parties of America, and though this is common, a fight within the party can be devastating, and this dispute can lead to a lack of progression in the house. This can also lead to the loss of the house itself. During the election of 1860, a split between the Democratic party supposedly resulted in the election of Abraham Lincoln. Or so many people claim. Did the split of the Democratic party in 1860 actually lead to the election of Lincoln. In the election of 1860 there were four candidates running; Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A....   [tags: american history]
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Lincoln versus Douglas: One Man's Fall is Another Man's Rise - ... In 1854, he repealed his original compromise of 1850 and maintained his “not caring” position on slavery. Douglas situated himself in a conflicting position. Continuing his efforts for Popular Sovereignty, Douglas claimed to agree with the immoral implications of slavery as well as the necessity for it. He believed if Western expansion continued the heavy increase of emigrants and Northerners possessed more ability to settle out west than a southern plantation owner with a small population of slaves did....   [tags: U.S. History]
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An Unbreakable Union - ... He refused to do this because he was already on record for saying he had no constitutional powers (until he was made president) yet, and because he felt it would be a sign of weakness to be compelled to repeat his sentiments over and again, and to be kept on the defensive: “they would seize upon almost any letter I could write, as being an ‘awful coming down’” (AL 27-28). In private, Lincoln tried to negotiate with Southern politicians, promising that his policy on slavery would be to keep it out of the territories, but not to restrict it within slave states....   [tags: American History, Politics, Lincoln] 1198 words
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Mr. - Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin located in Hodgenville Kentucky on the twelfth of February in the year of 1809. His parents were Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Lincoln had one older sister (Sarah) who was born in 1807. Three years after Abraham was born, his mother gave birth to a baby boy they named Thomas. The family was faced with devastating turmoil when Thomas died while he was still an infant. When Abe was nine years old he was kicked in the head by a horse, which caused his family to believe him to be dead....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Debates - Before engaging in the debates with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln was relatively unknown in the political world and was just beginning his career in politics. Abraham Lincoln’s reputation was just starting to grow, and his life was about to make a drastic change. The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 were a turning point in Abraham Lincoln’s political career. After being nominated to the Illinois legislature, Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” speech which caused much grief between the North and the South....   [tags: essays research papers] 680 words
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The Retorical Triangel: Is it Effective or Not? - ... Lincoln uses the voice of persuasion to those still living to help end the war that has taken many lives and to help continue the “great task remaining before us” which to Lincoln meant the end of war and slavery (Lincoln, 1635). In today’s society, we continue to fight this battle. Slavery may have ended however; some people still treat each other in such offensive mannerisms. It seems as though racism is the perception of this era and some still believe that Caucasians are more superior then those with dark-colored skin and still believe in the idea of slavery....   [tags: Psychology]
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Cival War - Abraham Lincoln and the Beginnings of Reconstruction Since the beginning of the nineteenth century, the rapidly growing white population and the equally increasing slave population had been heightening the conflict between slave-free Northern states and the slave-holding cotton belt South. Hopelessly divided over the issue of slavery, thirty-one million American citizens were in 1860 called upon to elect the sixteenth President of the United States of America. When the anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected on November 6, 1860, no fellow American could have even imagined what great burden would lay upon the highest office in the years to come.[1] Lincoln’s election was the ultimate trigger for eleven Southern states to withdraw from the Union and begin a desperate civil war that lasted for four years....   [tags: essays research papers] 411 words
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The Fragmentation of the Political Party System in 1860s - The Fragmentation of the Political Party System in 1860s A majority of Americans thought that the election of 1860 would determine the future of the Union. A compromise could not be reached on the slavery issue between the North and the South. Northerners wanted to abolish slavery altogether and Southerners wanted the expansion of slavery into the territories. There were four presidential candidates for the election, and only one of them was pro-slavery. John Breckinridge was the Southern Democratic candidate who supported slavery....   [tags: US American History] 932 words
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Eloquent Boldness - Eloquent Boldness Should slavery be allowed in the United States. This question divided our nation into two separate entities in the late 1800’s and laid the foundation for an ethically compelling speech. On June 16,1858, Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, spoke out to over 1,000 Republican delegates in the Springfield, Illinois, state house for the Republican State Convention. At this gathering, Lincoln delivered an extremely courageous, “A House Divided,” speech....   [tags: essays research papers] 935 words
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Death and Regeneration in Walt Whitman's Poem, When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd - Death and Regeneration in Walt Whitman's Poem, When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd Whitman in 1865 wrote an elegy for President Lincoln entitled "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." The "Lilacs" elegy is an outpouring of the deep sense of loss that Whitman felt after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The President's death was a great shock to the poet; it overwhelmed him in a very personal way. Whitman recognized Lincoln's excellence and importance. When Whitman first heard of the assassination, it was the spring of the year and the lilacs were in bloom....   [tags: When Lilacs Last Essays] 560 words
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The Meaning of the Gettysburg Address - Essay on the Meaning of the Gettysburg Address While the Gettysburg Address is fairly short in length at around 300 words, this famous speech delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1963 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is both enduring and meaningful for all Americans today, almost exactly 146 years later. The first paragraph of his speech sets the tone, in which Lincoln does not directly mention the bloody Battle of Gettysburg, in which 50,000 soldiers lost their lives. Instead, he refers in the opening phrase, “Four score and seven years ago,” to the founding of America through another important written document, the Declaration of Independence in 1776....   [tags: American History] 554 words
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Meaning Behind The Gettysburg Address - While the Gettysburg Address is short in length at around 300 words, this famous speech by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is still both enduring and meaningful for all Americans today, almost exactly 146 years later. The first paragraph of his speech sets the tone, in which Lincoln does not directly mention the bloody Battle of Gettysburg, in which 50,000 soldiers lost their lives. Instead, he refers in the opening phrase, “Four score and seven years ago,” to the founding of America through another important written document, the Declaration of Independence in 1776....   [tags: American History] 584 words
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Government and Politics - Honest Abe, the Only Honest Politician? - Honest Abe: The Only Honest Politician. Abraham Lincoln is unfailingly the second president students learn about in grade school, right after George Washington. As far as I can remember, the only thing taught about "Honest Abe" was that he was born in a log cabin and had to walk 12 miles to the library, uphill both ways, "unlike you little brats who have a library in your own school and don't even use it." Of course, I learned more faceless, boring facts about our 16th president in eventual class notes about names and dates....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1362 words
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The Gettysburg Address and American Revival - ... Previously, death was widely viewed only as a loss with no positive sides. The Gettysburg Address allowed people to see death in a new light – as something honorable if the preceding life was lived the right way. In turn, Americans became more willing to live what they considered honorable lives thus the United States was “reborn.” The first chapter, “Oratory of the Greek Revival,” and the final three chapters, “The Transcendental Declaration,” “Revolution in Thought,” and “Revolution in Style” are focused more on the actual content of the Gettysburg Address....   [tags: U.S. History ] 1715 words
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Perspectives on Racism - Perspectives on Racism Throughout time, some views on particular issues in society change dramatically while others remain unchanged. Sometimes, only one aspect of the issue is perceived differently while the rest of the topic stays the same. This is demonstrated well in the case of racism. In the United States, racism itself has not changed, but the allotment for what is considered acceptable has. Racism deals with the actual outward discrimination upon a race or the mental process of thinking a race inferior to your own....   [tags: Papers] 2370 words
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