During a time in history when the United States was as divided as it had ever been, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address. The Civil War had been raging for four years, and victory was in sight for the Union. Many northern politicians wanted Lincoln to harshly punish and humiliate the South for all of the violence that its succession had caused. However, part of the wisdom that turned Lincoln into an iconic president was his intent to end the war “with malice towards none, with charity for all” and “ to bind up the nation's wounds, [and] to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan” (Second Inaugural Address).
We can state the obvious, that we are not all perfect, and we certainly say things we don’t mean. Was President Lincoln really a racist? There is documented text that could point evidence that leans in either direction. Things said in the heat of long debates and drawn out conversations that ran for hours, does not make such a monumental man a poor or hypocritical person. Looking at the Constitutional right that “All men are created equal” to the thought that things won’t change without action, and to a man with no moral obligation other than to share his personal option that slavery was wrong, we dive into President Lincoln.
It’s no joke that the Civil War is America’s bloodiest war. And throughout these tumultuous times, tensions were high among all Americans. On the last legs of the Civil War, there was considerable doubt about the future of America. Would America ever recover from its harsh divide? Abraham Lincoln certainly thought so.
President Abraham Lincoln uses a variety of rhetorical strategies in his Second Inaugural Address to pose an argument to the American people regarding the division in the country between the northern states and the southern states. Lincoln gives this address during the American Civil War, when politics were highly debated and there was a lot of disagreement. Lincoln calls for the people of America to overcome their differences to reunite as one whole nation once more. Lincoln begins his Second Inaugural Address by discussing the American Civil War and its ramifications.
Over time people have fought for many reasons. Their beliefs helped shaping the outcome of their battles. In America’s history, there has been many wars. We got our independence by fighting in the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, we fought off the British again.
President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power” (Abraham Lincoln). In other words, Lincoln is saying that to truly see who a person is, you have to give him power to see their true character. Anyone can pretend to be a certain way, but once they have power they show who they really are. When Lincoln was given power his true character of being a heroic man came out. Lincoln is a hero because during his presidency he freed the slaves, united the country and wrote many inspiring speeches.
During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln faced the challenge of fusing two opposing sides into a unified America once again. Despite the bloody battles and fierce beliefs of both sides, President Abraham Lincoln solemnly carries out his purpose, to honor fallen soldiers in his speech, The Gettysburg Address, without staking blame or resentment towards either side. With an honorary and prideful tone created by repetition, allusion, and patriotic word choice, Lincoln persuades the people of America to adopt the goal of abolishing slavery under the guise of honoring soldiers. To first introduce his rhetoric, Lincoln opens with an allusion to the Declaration of Independence. Lincoln declares that this longstanding document created by the founding fathers instilled that “all men are created equal” (Qtd. in Lincoln).
Misleadingly, the story commences with the boys assuming that the uninhabited island they are on is correspondent to paradise and is a place of "enchantment" where "flower and fruit grew together on the same tree" yet as the story progresses,they begin to realise there is a presence of evil and the island becomes sinister, even a dystopia. Early on in the first chapter, piggy questions the boys " are there any grown-ups at all?" and Ralph responds "No grown-ups. " The two boys respond differently to the news about the fact that there are no grown ups on the island. Since piggy is one of the most insecure boys out of them all, he completely relies on the adult world for protection which leads to his immediate shock.
Although the speakers in both Peter Wild’s and Christopher Morley’s poems share similar topics, their attitudes toward the same subject are very different. The two poems include the attitudes of the roaches and what they look like. The two poems also take place the kitchen of a dark house. This demonstrates how the roaches like to eat and have a taste for sugary things.
In Patrick Henry’s, “Speech in The Virginia Convention” talks about everyone having liberty and Virginia fighting Britain instead of not doing anything. The first main reason is that the people do not want to sit there and watch Britain walk over them and treat them unfairly. As Henry says in the speech “engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty.” He's saying that they need to take action and stand up for themselves and fight for what they are. The second main reason is that they do not want to be treated like slaves and if they do nothing that's what would happen.
There were many issues and problems facing the United States during its post-Civil War era of Reconstruction. Such problems include, but are not limited to economy, civil rights, reunification, and Federal Government infringement of state’s rights. The Union faced one major problem during both the “Presidential Reconstruction” and “Congressional Reconstruction”, which was the divide within the Republican Party. At the onset of Reconstruction the Republican Party worked well with President Lincoln and accepted he plan to accomplish the reestablishment of the Union. After, the President Lincoln’s assassination by a southerner, the Republican Party demanded swift justice against the south.