Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, was delivered March 4, 1865. During this time, he was in the process of attempting to mend both sides of the war. Instead of giving a victory speech to the North or a blame filled speech to the South, he instead spoke to both of them, in the attempt to have war reconciliation. In his address, Lincoln discusses slavery and the war between the North and South. This leads readers to believe he is talking to all citizens of the United States. We know he references the South when he states, “One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it” (p 3). In this quote, he directly singles out the South, but he mentions the North when he says, “It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of another men’s faces…” (p 3) This represents both the South and the North because he is asking how they can both participate in such acts, yet both ask God for assistance in helping them succeed in taking out...
By the time of his speech South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas had already seceded from the Union. In his speech Lincoln had three main points: “to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the government,” secession was impossible because the Union was unbreakable, and that any use of arms against the United States would be met with force but he would never be first to attack (Grafton 80). Lincoln aspired to increase his support in the North without alienating the South where most disliked him in fear of the end of slavery. In his speech however, Lincoln made it clear that his intention was not to interfere with slavery quoting “I have no purpose, directly, or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so” (Grafton 81). In hope to make amends with the South Lincoln closed by saying “We are not enemies, but friends. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature” (Grafton 81). Although meant to unify the North and South, this address had a larger impact on another
'With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.' In the delivery of Lincoln's 'Second Inaugural,' many were inspired by this uplifting and keen speech. It had been a long war, and Lincoln was concerned about the destruction that had taken place. Worn-out from seeing families torn apart and friendships eradicated, he interpreted his inaugural address. It was March of 1865, and the war, he believed, must come to an end before it was too late. The annihilation that had taken place was tragic, and Lincoln brawled for a closure. The 'Second Inaugural' was very influential, formal, and emotional.
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
In a tradition dating back to George Washington, every newly-elected president gives an inaugural address at the time of his swearing into office. Many of these inaugural speeches have been given during times of war. Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was given on March 4, 1865, near the end of the American Civil War, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Fourth Inaugural Address was given on January 20, 1945, in the last year of World War Two, and John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address was given on January 20, 1961, during the darkest years of the Cold War. Each in their own way, in their respective inaugural addresses, spoke words of reassurance and encouragement to a nation’s people troubled by war and anxious about peace.
He had just beaten out George B. McClellan for president. McClellan wanted the country split into two- one slave-holding and one free. However, the country had chosen Lincoln, they wanted the country to stay together. People wanted too much of Lincoln. He would have enemies no matter what choice he made. So now, instead of staying passive like he did in his first Inaugural Address, he took a stand in his second. He told the country that God sent the slaves to them early in this country, but now He wanted them gone. The war was a punishment from God for all slaveholders. Lincoln made this a rallying cry for all northerners, telling them that they would fight “until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword.” This war would be bloody, but if they could only keep fighting a little more, there would be success at the
Thesis: Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a miraculous leader and accomplished this by using pathos, ethos, logos, and diction to make people feel a joyful.
In 1947, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment, which states that no president can be elected to more than two terms in office. Amendments are created and ratified because they are applicable to most of the general public; however, only one man had ever “broken” this new rule. Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as president during some of America’s roughest years: the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, and World War II are just a few big events on the list. The public re-elected Roosevelt to serve four terms as America’s 32nd president, however, his legacy began with his Inaugural Address he delivered to the public in 1933. Throughout the speech he proved his credibility and authority as president, found a common ground with his audience, addressed the nation’s issues, and discussed the decisions he would make to fix them.
March 4,1865 Abraham Lincoln rose from his chair and walked toward the podium. He was now at the height of his power, with the civil war nearly won. Clouds threatened another rainstorm. then the strangest thing happened: The clouds parted and the sun burst out, flooding the spectacle. The president's speech was brief it was 701 words.
The best inauguration speech in history was George Washington's second speech. He seemed very pleased and enthused to be selected back into office. He stated “I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America,” he was a very proud and confided man when it came to serving as this country’s president for a second term. Another reason it was the best was because it was only two paragraphs long. He didn’t try to re-impress the people he was more like “I’m honored you chose me, thanks but I’m not giving a long speech,” (He didn’t exactly state that, I more implied it.) He didn’t put a whole lot of effort trying to impress because the people already knew what kind of man
As Lloyd F. Bitzer so famously stated, “rhetoric applies to contingent and probably matters which are subjects of actual or possible disagreement by serious people, and which permit alternative beliefs, values, and positions.” Slavery was undeniably a major disagreement between the people of the United States to the point where there was a Civil War as a direct result. The North and the South had different “beliefs, values, and positions” regarding slavery, which Lincoln focused on in his Address. At that time, Lincoln knew that slavery was immoral and should be abolished accordingly. He worked up until the very day that he died to ensure that there would be equality and freedom in the United States.
Benjamin Franklin starts off this excerpt by saying,'' SAVAGES we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think perfection of civility; they think the same of theirs. Personally, this statement alone set my opinion of the text and gave the writing a sense equality and justice. This writing is making a bold statement of impartiality and asks for compassion of people of all different races. Franklin uses a strategy of compare and contrast between the native american people and the traditions of white americans alike. The first comparison we see is of our governments, their government is mostly by Counsel, or Advice, of the Sages. They live by a non-forceful way, that is void of prisons or prison officers to coerce obedience
If he reads from it or recites from memory, no one will ever know (Carmiecheal 68). When he was done with his address, the crowd was quiet, after a short pause a scattered applause started followed by cannons being fired to salute the president. Finally, President Abraham Lincoln got back on his horse and headed to Mr. Wills home (Carmicheal 72). The Gettysburg Address is one of President Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches he has given. As the years pass by, more historians try to analyze his address to see if they can determine what President Abraham Lincoln was trying to tell the people.
One of the most recent, and recognized funeral oration is the Gettysburg addresses by Abraham Lincoln. The Gettysburg address is one of the most influential statements. Lincoln echoed the values of human equality backed by the Declaration of Independence and declared the Civil War as a fight for the support of the Union that would get true equality to all of its citizens. The Battle of Gettysburg (1863) was the most important defining moment in the Civil War that brought an overwhelming loss to the Confederate forces and stopped their advance into Union territory. The speech starts by taking the audience to the beginning of the country where it was founded on liberty as well as equality. In the text The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln (1905),
Abraham Lincoln once said, “ My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of Earth (Lincoln. np.).” At the time when these words were spoken, I believe that Lincoln meant for us, the United States, to be an example that other countries should strive towards, for things like a well run and effective republic; and yet, we have evolved into a completely different monster. We have become the world’s police force even though we honestly are not the only country who could do these things. His words were taken differently by those who succeeded him in the presidential office. They took the meaning of these words to be that we must interfere and try to help stop and prevent atrocities and communism in Europe and Asia to our best ability. Their choices to do this for the countries who were facing tyrannical leaders with inhumane policies was not by any means bad, but honorable and the correct thing to do with the situation at hand. Although a few of those times were after we had been attacked here at home. Pearl Harbor and The World Trade Center attacks caused us to enter into wars