Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address Summary

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Abraham Lincoln’s View on Freedom 34,000 people gathered around the nation’s capital to hear Abraham Lincoln give his “Second Inaugural Address”. Lincoln expressed in his address that he made his speech short because there is no time for a long one, considering the circumstances of the Civil War that they were in. His speech was only 703 words long, making it one of the shortest addresses ever (Ronald). In the “Second Inaugural Address”, Abraham Lincoln believes freedom is the ability to live life out from under the dictation of others and make choices for themselves and to do this the war had to be won and ended by the North, thus ending slavery. In order to win the war Lincoln had to endure much stress. Lincoln at this point had been …show more content…

In this address Lincoln used many different strategies to convince the people to finish the war. One of the most important things he did was use God as a way to persuade the people to do what he thought was right. Lincoln tries to do this when he quotes the Bible four times in his speech (Ronald). Lincoln did this so he could compare his view on freedom and ending the war to things said in the Bible. Lincoln believes that freedom is living one’s own life without the dictation of others, and he thinks that the Bible gets that point across also. In Lincoln’s time religion played a major role in everyone’s day to day lives. He almost uses God to make the people feel like they are obligated to do what he is saying. Lincoln talks about how God made this war happen so that they can learn from the terrible mistakes of slavery. He then goes on to say that God thinks that they have learned from their mistakes and that it is now time to end the war. Lincoln expresses this when he says, “In the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove” (Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address). When stating this, Lincoln creates the illusion that God is on the North’s side, when it comes to trying to end the war. Lincoln wants everyone to be able to make their own …show more content…

Lincoln is not only a historical figure but a role model for doing what is right. One of Lincoln’s main points in his speech was for our country to learn from the mistakes it has made in the past and apply them to the future. To this day Lincoln still is teaching America the importance of equality no matter your religion, culture, gender, or race, we are

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