gettysburg address

gettysburg address - President Lincoln connected the issues...

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Matt Grein Hist 103 4/30/08 Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is very punctual, unlike many presidential addresses. Lincoln is humble enough to realize that what he says on that field is not the most important action that has taken place on the field. There were men fighting and giving their lives for their country and what they believed in. The soldiers know that they are fighting for the freedom of slaves, but Abraham's reason for the war was to keep the Union together. His view is that if the Union fell apart everything that had been inherited to us would have been for nothing if they could not solve the issues within the nation. If the Union fell apart it would mean that what was established by the Founding Fathers would have failed. They created the government, as Lincoln said, of the people, for the people by the people. If the government would have failed then everyone would have failed.
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Unformatted text preview: President Lincoln connected the issues of the civil war to the independence of America that the rights given to us through the American Revolution. As he states that every man is created equal, the phrase was not living up to what Lincoln described as the constitutional right of every American. He stated that if the Union was to fall apart that the soldiers that died in the revolution and in civil war would be in vain. His speech about the constitution differs from the views of the south is that they believe it is allowed in the constitution for them to break away from the union if they feel it necessary to do so. The south did not perceive the slaves as their property, so they were protecting what they thought to be rightfully theirs. Lincoln viewed them as people who deserved the rights given to every white man....
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