The Road to the Civil War The sectional crisis began in the early 1850s. Lincoln’s House Divided speech (Document A) and Mississippi’s declaration of secession letter (Document B) are a cause and effect sequence of the antislavery movement. The wide range of opinions on slavery was a large problem in the states. Sectional controversy grew as opinionated abolitionist pushed their way through.
“That government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” and "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!" Two of the most memorable quotes from the speeches “Gettysburg Address”by President Abraham Lincoln, and “I Have A Dream” by
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).
Both lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King's “I have a dream” speech are similar in that they both express the concept of freedom to achieve their purpose. However, they each have different ideas about freedom, and about what they want their audience to do. Both influential speeches rely heavily on rhetorical devices to convey their purpose. In King’s speech, the use of sensory and visceral language is abundant, creating an emotional and powerful atmosphere. “Manacles of discrimination,” “Lonely island of poverty” and “Chains of discrimination” paint a bleak picture of life as a minority in America, and contrasts phrases such as “Bright day of justice” and “Sacred obligation” which symbolize freedom.
On August 28, 1963, around 250,000 individuals had listened to Martin Luther King Jr. ’s I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This speech was addressed to the nation, specifically segregationists and the government, about Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of abolishing the line between the white and black races for good. King had oftenly repeated himself in his speech many times.
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).
John Fitzgerald Kennedy delivered his “Civil Rights Address” on June 11, 1963 to talk about how everyone is born equal and just because you are born with darker skin you shouldn’t be considered less of a person and have less rights. It was filmed in the oval office and broadcast on national radio and television. This speech is about equal rights for african americans. It was made because two black children had to be escorted to school by state troopers after numerous threats. John F. Kennedy used diction as well as logos and ethos to make listeners believe that his argument is right and they should take his side.
There are parts in Donald Trump’s speech that the ideas of the Declaration of Independence show and come out. In the beginning of the speech it shows when he says, “We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people” (Trump, pg 1). Mainly at the end when he says about restoring the promise back to our people. The Declaration was originally written as a promise to the American people. Trump is saying how the promise that we the people were given is broken and how he wants to fix it.
The Short and Long Term Political Effects of the Emancipation Proclamation The Emancipation Proclamation or Proclamation 95, signed and passed by president Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, was an executive order that changed the federal legal status of more than 3 to 4 million enslaved people in the designated areas of the South from slave to free. With the freedom of slaves across several rebellious states whose economies ran on slavery, the reception of the order was far from exceptional. The Proclamation ordered the freedom of all slaves in ten states, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas and North Carolina, and because it was issued under the president's authority to suppress rebellion,
The 2 speeches are tremendous speech’s which have been delivered by 2 outstanding people. “I Have a Dream” was delivered by Martin Luther King Jr and “Glory and Hope” was delivered by Nelson Mandela. When Dr. King delivered his speech he was demanding freedom and equality to be given to the African-American community in the United States. “Glory and Hope” was eradicated the apartheid had just ended in South Africa. He delivered his speech during his inauguration of presidency.
The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most well known speeches in US history, due to its influence on the views of African American slaves. However Lincoln, the president at the time, originally did not have a side to the argument of the equal treatment of the African American race. This view would soon start to slowly change with the start of the Civil War. With the coming of the civil war, the Union needed soldiers due to the fact that they were losing many battles, and the African American males were one of the only choices. The other reason would be that allowing slaves to be free in the North would cause a revolt from those that were enslaved in the south.
When Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for his second term as president in 1865, he didn’t bore his audience with a long and frivolous inaugural address. Instead, he used his speech to reunify the divided country. Our 16th president’s tone, use of repetition, allusion and syntax convinced both the north and south that they shared commonalities, because of their devotion to God and their common opinions on the prolonged Civil War. The purpose of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was not to rally the north to win the Civil War, or to prove to the people that he was a worthy president, but to consolidate our broken nation at the tail end of a continuous and bloody conflict.