On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that, unbeknownst to him, would become one of the most recognized speeches in the history of the United States. The empowering speech was given in the midst of the gruesome civil war that began between the north and the south over the long-conflicted morality of slavery. Through one of the most highly remembered speeches of our history, The Gettysburg Address, Lincoln commemorates the dead and wounded soldiers at the site of the battle in Gettysburg through references to history, unificating diction and metaphors of life and death to unite the nation in a time of separation and provide a direction for the future of the country. Lincoln begins his essay utilizing historical references in order to illustrate to the public the basis of what the nation was founded upon. Through this, he reminds Americans the morals and ideals that the people are willing to spill blood for.
“These dead shall not have died in vain-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 on earth” (Lincoln 19). Lincoln uses repetition to emphasize how the new type of freedom is for the people of the United States. When writers use repetition like this it is called the rule of three. The rule of three allows you to express concepts or ideas in threes to make it more momentous and captivating towards audience. The rule of three is a widely known technique used in many speeches.
Martin Luther King’s enthusiasm towards his cause in the “I Have a Dream” speech is as strong as America’s desire to win the Vietnam War. In this great speech, Martin Luther King Jr. creates a story in the form of a speech by including so many great traits, such as his vivid figurative language, encouraging statements, and his will to stand up for the people who are to scared to do it for themselves. In this text, King mostly states how corrupt our nation is and how we need to fix it. I believe King’s central idea in his speech is he wants to end racism; in his speech, there are three attributes that show how badly he wants to end racism, and they are he will not rest until racism is gone, he doesn 't want violence to threaten his chances of abolishing racism, and he believes our world can be better than this.
On top of that Martin Luther delivered his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before more than 200,000 people on August 28,1963. Martin Luther’s main purpose was to show the people of America, the deep depths of segregation and separation and how the negro still suffers today as he quoted- “One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished … in his own land”. He also uses some crucial events that had occurred in the past like the Emancipation Proclamation which was issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1st 1863. He also used words from the supreme court-
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring ...” (King pg 264). When you listen to Kings words, you clearly see his pain, but you also see the intense hope that he has for the civil rights movement. This allows for his words to strike straight to your
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth (Lincoln).” The first line of the paragraph empowers the audience to take inspiration from the deeds of the dead and continue the struggle for
He then goes on to create a very logical appeal when stating that the Emancipation Proclamation gave “hope to millions of Negro slaves who had seared in the flames of withering injustice”. The Emancipation Proclamation was the first event where African – American’s were increasing up the ladder of social hierarchy. Dr King uses anaphora, the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of successive clauses, to create an appeal of emotion and logic. He describes that it has been one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation but still “the life of the Negro is still badly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination”, “the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity”, “the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and
However, there is hope within him that one day this movement will be triumphant. He says “I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow” (King). He refuses to accept this is all a nation can be. He says “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war…” (King).
The most famous of these stories, and the one with the most significant legacy, was that of Sargent William H. Carney. Born a slave in Norfolk, VA in 1840, Carney moved with his family to New Bedford, MA in 1856 after being emancipated by his owner. In 1863, hearing the call for Black men to bear arms for the Union army, Carney enlisted in the 54th Regiment where he became Sargent, the highest rank achievable by Black soldiers at that time. As Colonel Shaw was pierced through the heart, climbing the parapet at Fort Wagner, Carney managed to rescue the Union flag from the hands of the slain color bearer.
One American family, as they have acknowledged one another, the blacks and the whites, through servitude, liberation, isolation, separation, lynching’s, compromise. A book to rehash this year, when a Black man is running for President of the United States. Conscious, excruciating and happy, and delightfully composed. It wasn 't impeccable - Wiencek concentrates solely on the dark Hairstons in the second 50% of the book (which covers the twentieth century)... this is reasonable as the dark Hairstons ' stories of isolation, white terrorism, administration in the isolated WWII armed force, and social equality activism are likely more intriguing than the standard old Southern upper class lives lived by the white Hairstons.
It was given after the Civil War almost as a way to retsore the nation. In the speech Abraham starts off by saying “ Four score and seven years ago” which is significant because that was when the Declaration of Independence was signed and when the colonies gained their freedom fromGreat Britain. He then goes on to say that the founding fathers bulit the nation on liberty and equality for all men, but years later they are fighting to see if its true. He uses atlleration to honor the fallen soliders by saying, “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.” To conclude, Abraham Lincoln was a hero to many people but to others he was a man with a questionable motive.
In order to attain freedom, one must take action and make changes in the present. Freedom can only occur by standing up to the opposition and sacrificing one’s life. In the “Letter From Birmingham City Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., King fought against segregation through nonviolence. This was King’s most profound defense of nonviolent program for Civil Rights movement in the United States.