Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

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Unformatted text preview: Annotated excerpts from Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861 Fellow-citizens of the United States: In compliance with a custom as old as the government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly, and to take, in your presence, the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, to be taken by the President "before he enters on the execution of this office." … 1 | Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States, that by the accession of a Republican Administration, their property, and their peace, and personal security, are to be endangered. What does Lincoln try to do here in the beginning of his speech? What promise is Lincoln making to the southern states? Why is he quoting a previous speech of his? Who are the “fugitives that Lincoln is discussing What does this clause say about sending fugitive slaves back where they came? Does Lincoln believe that the federal government has a role in passing and enforcing laws concerning fugitive slaves? Why or why not? How did Lincoln’s beliefs on union differ from the South? What would seceding southern states think about this statement? What is Lincoln trying to do here? What is Lincoln saying here? Does he mean to overlook local resistance to federal authority? If so, what would unionists think about this? What is Lincoln urging here? What fallacy about secession is Lincoln pointing out here? Do you agree with his reasoning? What emotional and logical appeals is Lincoln making in this passage? Contrast this statement to the South’s view of secession. Do you believe that Lincoln really believed people had a “revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow” the government? Who does Lincoln believe will get the blame when the Civil War breaks out. Why does Lincoln feel he has to protect the Union? Lincoln closes with one last appeal. What does this final paragraph say about Lincoln’s attitude towards the Union? There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed, and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."What does Lincoln try to do here in the beginning of his speech? What promise is Lincoln making to the southern states? Why is he quoting a previous speech of his? Who are the “fugitives that Lincoln is discussing What does this clause say about sending fugitive slaves back where they came?...
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