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Unformatted text preview: essay in which you analyze the rhetorical strategies President
Lincoln used to achieve his purpose. Support your analysis with specific references to the text. Line
5 10 15 20 25 30 At this second appearing to take the oath of the
Presidential office there is less occasion for an
extended address than there was at the first. Then,
a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be
pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the
expiration of four years, during which public
declarations have been constantly called forth on
every point and phase of the great contest which
still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies
of the nation, little that is new would be presented.
The progress of our arms, upon which all else
chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as
to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory
and encouraging to all. With high hope for the
future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.
On the occasion corresponding to this, four
years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to
an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought
to avert it. While the inaugural address was being
delivered from this place, devoted altogether to
saving the Union without war, insurgent agents
were in the city seeking to destroy it without war,
seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects
by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one
of them would make war rather than let the nation
survive, and the other would accept war rather than
let it perish, and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored
slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but
localized in the southern part of it. These slaves
constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew
that this interest was somehow the cause of the war.
To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 the object for which the insurgents would rend the
Union, even by war; while the Government claimed
no right to do more than to restrict the territorial
enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war
the magnitude or the duration which it has already
attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the
conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict
itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph,
and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both
read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and
each invoked His aid against the other. It may seem
strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s
assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of
other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not
judged. The prayers of both could not be answered.
That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty
has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because
of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come,
but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.”
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of
those offenses which, in the providence of God, must
needs come, but which, having continued t...
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