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'The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions' was a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln in 1838. As it was delivered to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, it is also known as the 'Lyceum address'. In this famous speech, Lincoln discussed the dangers of slavery.Show more
Abraham Lincoln saw many political changes during his time as president, few speeches regarding this were so impactful for their time than the last public address given by Abraham Lincoln in 1865. This address was given only two days after the surrender of Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army - an event that marked an effective end to the bloodshed of the Civil War. In the speech he calls to not forget what has just taken place and reinforces that the Union is the foundation of the United States. Finally, it calls for a unification of races after the abolishment of slavery, a notion which ultimately led to the untimely demise of the president.Show more
A House divided was a speech that was given after his nomination to be a state senator by the Republican Party at the Illinois State Capital. In this speech, he clearly states something that he had always held to be true - that the United States could not let its political differences divided. What differentiated this speech from former speeches was in his ambiguity toward slavery. Rather than speaking out against it, Abraham Lincoln said that the entire nation must either oppose or abolish it for the good of the country's political standing.Show more
This was the first speech given by the newly-elected President of the United States. In an already tense state, Lincoln made the address with the hopes that the discordant South would listen. While reinforcing that the Union would never break, he encouraged the south to lay down their arms while simultaneously warning that any act against the government would be considered "rebellion" and would be "met with force". Given the night before the Civil War, Lincoln refuted the idea that the North and South were enemies and called for an end to the fighting.Show more
This public address, given well before his presidency, was to the Springfield Washington Temperance Society. Although it did take a stance for temperance, it stirred the waters quite significantly for its time - mainly because it criticized the ways in which temperance was handled. Rather than treating alcoholism with kindness, as Lincoln advocated, he saw the temperance society handling it combatively. However, his final lines of hope carried many over into his message of mind over matter.Show more
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