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
Disapproval, the Confederacy, and slavery were amongst the many crises Abraham Lincoln faced when addressing his First Inaugural speech (Lincoln, First Inaugural, p.37). Above all, Lincoln’s speech was stepping on the boundaries of the southern slave states. Once states began to secede, new territories formed and the disapproval of Lincoln grew. Despite Lincoln’s attempts of unifying the antislavery and confederate views, many whites refused to follow his untraditional beliefs. Lincoln encountered hostile and admirable emotions from the people of the Union and the Confederacy. However, despite his representation of the Union, not everyone agreed with his views.
Abraham Lincoln’s greatest challenge during his presidency was preserving the Union during the Civil War after the Southern states seceded from the Union. There were many dividing issues in the U.S. before his election in 1860, and his presidential victory was the final straw that led to the Civil War. The North and the South were already separating due to regional differences, socially, politically, culturally, and economically. Slavery was one of the biggest factors that led to the division between the North and the South. Preserving the Union while half of the country refused to regard federal law while in secession was extremely challenging, yet Abraham Lincoln decided to fight war against the South not only for the sake of abolishing slavery, but most importantly for the sake of preserving the Union. He was dedicated to fighting for the equality of all men in the U.S., as mentioned in his famous 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." He used this to argue a basic point: if all men are created equal, then all men are free. His House Divided speech showed his determination to keep the...
Lincoln believed that both sides were at fault for the start of the war, and that there was no need to have a war. Even though neither the south nor the north wanted war. They couldn’t come to an agreement over slavery. The south wanted to keep practicing slavery and to expand it to the west. “One-eighth” of the people that lived in the south were “colored slaves.” The slaves were on the side of the north and that may have been what pushed the south over the edge. From what I read in the speech I get the feeling that the south wanted slaves to do their bidding. They didn’t want to do their own work. Maybe they thought that having slaves gave them power over others, but it doesn’t. No one should be under the control of another person; every person’s life matters. The Civil War caused a wave a great sadness throughout the country. So many
...after the Civil War, Frederick Douglass continued to think highly of Lincoln and his great speech. It was hard to believe that before the Civil War, the two men disagreed and fought over the greatest and most awful sin committed, slavery. But they found a way to form the friendship that would last throughout history. It was his famous quote that really brought attention. He had said of the sixteenth president, “His greatest mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery . . . . taking him for all in all, measuring the tremendous magnitude of the work before him, considering the necessary means to ends, and surveying the end from the beginning, infinite wisdom has seldom sent any man into the world better fitted for his mission than Abraham Lincoln.”
No one knew that the Civil War would extend to the capacity that it actually did. On March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln talked to the People of the Nation, those of the seceded states also including those apart of the Confederacy, about how the war was still engulfing their thoughts. He proceeded to inform those citizens about slavery causing the war and his theory of God controlling the outcome of it. Since he was President previously before and this was his Second Inaugural address, he was believed to be credible. Lincoln implied that he was confident in what was going to come for the future by saying, “I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all.” (Lincoln, line 7-8). The excerpt from Lincoln’s address is effective at convincing the audience to stop encouraging the on going issue of slavery. For example, the wars expansion was a big problem to the nation. It would not have happened without slavery and while they had to go through this war, they were not going to settle for anything less than peace among the nations at the end of it.
Abraham Lincoln is arguably one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. He only served 5 years, but was president in the worst period of American history. He did the unthinkable to many people because of the severity of the decision; he emancipated slaves in the United States. This caused him to be dubbed ‘The Great Emancipator’. The nickname he received is an accurate one because it is a major decision that shaped the future of America. This decision was long overdue and he made sure that the prosperity would not have to deal with the issue of slavery separating the government. Additionally, he was able to change the landscape of the war because the North had affected the South’s way of life. He was very bold for declaring that all slaves will be free, but it was for the improvement of America.
It is easy to see that Abraham Lincoln truly exemplifies the ideal president in the America. Not only did he abolish the institution of slavery, lead the Union to a victorious outcome in the war, and instill unity throughout the country, he changed thousands of people’s lives and gave America the democratic characteristics that are still displayed today.
Lincoln begins his speech by speaking about the past in which the founding fathers established this country in equality. " Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." This was very important because that was exactly the opposite of what was going on in this country during that time. America in the late 1800s was a time of slavery. That was one of the main reasons the Civil War was declared.
A product of their times, meaning that their actions, thoughts and opinions are greatly influenced by the movements, ideas and common opinions of people in the time they lived. With that in mind, Abraham Lincoln is remembered as one of the greatest presidents of the United States of all time. He is remembered like this because of things such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Second Inaugural Address. This essay will examine his early life, the significant events throughout his life, his undying legacy and how these factors contributed to making him more than just a product of his time.
Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be one of the most influential people in United States history. As the 16th President of the United States, Lincoln was faced with the pressures and violence of the Civil War during his administration. During this time, many soldiers had died fighting and Lincoln was presented with an opportunity to speak at the dedication ceremony in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The speech delivered that day is known as the Gettysburg address. In Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, he proposed to freedom, by honoring the soldiers who lost their lives, promote equal rights, and inspire his audience with a strategically short speech.
President Lincoln in his Inaugural Address explains the cause of war in order to unify the nation. One of the causes of war, as described by Lincoln, was that "slave constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that interest was the object of the war." At this point in United States history the young nation was divided in half by those who opposed slavery and those who agreed with slavery. Lincoln brings forth a larger and more profound meaning to the war that it is more of a holy war of God's ultimate judgment. During this war the divided nation is praying for their own intentions and reading the same bible "yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil
Last but not least, Lincoln’s speech shows the importance of ending the Civil War. Stated on page 27, “ Lincoln’s dedication to the ideals of freedom and equality continue to inspire people around the world.” This proves, Lincoln’s speech helped to get freedom he stated good key points that caught people eyes and made the think about how the world should be and how it should change. His speech inspired others to fight for equality. Also stated in the speech, “...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.” Proving that all should should be equal in this nation with no if ands or buts about it, all should have life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness Lincoln’s speech showed us that we need to step up to government and change the world. To conclude, Lincoln’s speech emphasizes the importance of ending the civil war because all should have life, liberty, and pursuit of
The respectable Gettysburg Address promotes the skillful ideas that spread his wisdom of the Civil War and enlightened those who wished to respect the many dead that fought on the grounds of Gettysburg. Sprinkled throughout human history, great men have arisen, who have devoted much of their lives to certain ideals, and have done so in the face of grave circumstances and opposition. Abraham Lincoln, Former president and also a general in the war, gave a speech to uphold and encourage the spirits of the weary soldiers in his army. The speech was called the Gettysburg Address. This speech uses parallel structure and determines the tone of powerful tranquility so that it may convey to an idea that all the men that fought for their part in the Union will not perish in vain and that there is a lot to do before the United States is whole.
The reason that he does this is not to make the audience forget the war, but to establish a vision of prosperity, something that the audience can strive to work towards each and every day. By comparing the nation to an injured animal, Lincoln states that the Civil War will eventually fade into a scar, a scar that will serve as a reminder that freedom is not free and that the past must never be forgotten. The continuous use of God throughout his final paragraphs suggest that only God is the one who can determine reason from wrong, and that God has the final say on the duration and effect of the war. The entirety of this speech is also viewed as a warning to the audience, a warning that shows just how weak humanity really is. Lincoln’s primary message is that of sadness with small amounts of hope. Instead of using condemning language he uses words like “cherish”, “achieve”, “strive”, and “peace” to show that he also forgives those who were for slavery. He establishes hope in the audience by using pathological imagery of a “widow and his orphan’” stating that those who gave their lives, for the right reason, died for the future of the country, a future that was greater than their own
The purpose of Lincoln’s speech was to dedicate a plot of land that would become Soldier’s National Cemetery to honor the fallen. However, the Civil War still raged and Lincoln realized that he also had to inspire the people to continue the fight. During his speech, Lincoln begins invoking the principles of human equality contained in the Declaration of Independence and connected the sacrifices of the Civil War with the desire for “a new birth of freedom,” as well as the all-important preservation of the Union created in 1776 and its ideal of self-government