Lincoln Second Inaugural Address Analysis

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The 16th president of the united states, Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, Lincoln states that though the first inaugural speech was important, there was an even more important topic at hand now. He talks about how even with the war coming to an end, blacks and whites are still be treated differently and he is very against this. He first supports his claim by saying that blacks and whites are equal by that they pray to the same God and pray the same prayers yet they are not equal in the eyes of society. He then goes on to say that in the end God will judge us all the same. Lincoln’s purpose of this statement is to say that he is against inequality in order to make a country that is not at ends with each other over the color of someone 's skin. He establishes a very serious and concerning tone for the people of the united states.…show more content…
He states in his speech “Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.” By saying this, he establishes that both whites and blacks are equal and the only difference between them is the color of their skin. This creates a very valid point and establishes his morals and ethics. This also shows his ability as a leader to put aside racial, ethical, and religious differences in the ability to treat everyone fairly and just. In this day and time, blacks, as well as women, were treated not as citizens of the united states, but as just residents will less than acceptable rights for human beings. This led to the rebellion of blacks as well as women, pushing for equal rights and fair treatment from not only the people around the but the government as well. They wanted the government to recognize them as people and I believe they saw that in Abraham Lincoln. His speech showed that he was willing to put all distraction and prejudices aside in order to better the
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