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Analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and Barack Obama’s A More Perfect Union (Part 1: Lesson 8) What are the values expressed in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address ? Lincoln expressed two major values in his second Inaugural address. The first major value that he expresses is his values against war. Lincoln says, “Fondly do we hope – fervently do we pray – that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away ( Lincoln 1865).” Another prominent value that he expresses is his value in equal integration. For example, when talking about the need for the war to end, he states, “…as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, amongst ourselves, and with all nations ( Lincoln 1865).” Here, Lincoln expresses that we must end this war and move on with a ‘new’ America, where we help each other start fresh and get back to normal. His references to God and the bible help to persuade his hearers that we must proceed with understanding and compassion in order for our nation to heal from the war. How do the passages from the Lincoln’s speech try to persuade you to accept these values? President Lincoln used quotations from the bible to contradict the thoughts of those who still supported the war. By using excerpts from these biblical passages, Lincoln aimed to create internal conflict within the south, making the connection that this war was God’s manifestation. The parallels between the bible and the war was a powerful strategy that Lincoln utilized, making his speech resonate better with his audience ( Zarefsky ). What are the values expressed in Barack Obama’s A More Perfect Union ? Barak Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” was focused on promoting equality and unity for our nation. He focused a lot of his speech on race, which was a strong choice in topic when paired with his choices in rhetoric strategies. Obama also emphasizes the value of patriotism and our countries core values. ( Zarefsky

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