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Lincoln's second Inaugural Address

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Transcript of Lincoln's second Inaugural Address

Jenna Harris and Jalana Phillips Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address Historical Context - 1865 The Civil War ended in May 1865 after four years; It was referred to as a social reform and the breakdown of a democratic political system. Lincoln's address was given a few months before in March. General Meaning Rhetorical Merits During Lincoln's presidency, God was an influential force in the daily lives of Americans. During his inaugural address, Lincoln quoted the bible and told the country the Civil War was punishment from God. Anaphora: "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right"

"to finish the work we are in, to bind up 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 lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." Pathos: "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."
"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." Lincoln's purpose was to reunite the north and south and focus on rebuilding the country. Lincoln was unafraid to say the war was the product of both the north and south. Logos: "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"

"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 somehjow the cause of the war." Ethos: "Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other." Kairos: Lincoln spoke towards the end of the war, to reassure Americans that they were not alone in their struggle. He wanted to put a definite end to the war. Diction: "The progress of our arms, upon
which all reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all." Lincoln's second inaugural address read by an actor.
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