week 8 english 200 - Abraham Lincoln's election to the...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 3 pages.

Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency as a Republican in 1860 was not welcomed by the Southern slave states. Those states saw the Republicans as not supportive of keeping the institution of slavery alive in the South, or even worse, as a group of abolitionists who wanted to set all the slaves free. Abraham Lincoln wanted to calm the leaders of these states and keep them from seceding from the United States, so he tried to put them at ease in his First Inaugural Address. President Lincoln gets right down to talking directly to the Southern (or slave) states, saying that he only wants to talk about the big issue that he knows everyone cares about. He goes on to reassure the South that even though he is a Republican, he is not interested in taking away their 'property' - slaves - or their peace. He goes on to quote himself from past speeches saying that he is not interested in making slavery illegal in order to prove that he has always been against using force of any type to end slavery.

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture