The Legacy Of The Gettysburg Address

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In Gettysburg National Cemetery, Lincoln delivered a speech which reaffirmed the values the Founding Fathers had established when the Declaration of Independence and Constitution was created. Lincoln had believed that the Civil War would end with a victory for the Union but wanted the states to realize that the United States should be unified and build on original American ideals in order to move on successfully. While delivering his speech, Lincoln used rhetorical appeals to move the audience into not giving up hope and to ensure a vision of unified United States for all citizens based on freedom and democracy. Lincoln delivered one of the most inspirational and powerful speech in American history. The Gettysburg Address was given in the hope of healing the wounds of Americans during the Civil War despite the continuing bloodshed every day. The day of the speech was known to be intensely stressful because it was during the midst of the most deadly, and bloodiest conflicts known to history, a conflict that strained families and nation’s unity. Months before the speech, the war began to take a turn in the Union’s favor after the victories of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. President Lincoln wanted to assure the Union citizens that there would be an end to the constant bloodshed while justifying why sacrifices were being made. Before the speech was given to the people, Lincoln had begun to establish an emotional connection with the Union citizens when he stated: “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. (Abraham Lincoln)” This statement alone had broadcasted a vision where the United States would be reunited and moving t... ... middle of paper ... ...d in a logical and organized way which fully showed his ideas for the future. President Lincoln has used the rhetorical appeals to give the Gettysburg address a powerful, yet moving message that still stands in the United States that he envisioned. His ideas and principles allowed him to push through the Civil War and give a sense of hope to the nation. The use of ethos as the President allowed him the attention needed to reach the citizens. The pathos was used not only for location but the powerful wording of his speech. It gave the message of unity and freedom while answering the difficult questions of “why are we fighting?” Finally, the use of logos had shown a clearer vision of how the United States should be after the Civil War. These factors and the long-term outcomes of the speech marked the Gettysburg Address as one of the most memorable speeches delivered.
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