Abraham Lincoln And Henry David Thoreau Essay

948 Words Jan 29th, 2015 4 Pages
In the pursuit of “a more perfect Union,” it is only expected that there will exist stark, if not polar discrepancies on how we as a nation should go about attaining such an ideal. It is, after all, a large aspect of the fundamentals upon which our nation was founded. What’s more, it takes a certain breed of brave, yet well-spoken individuals to delineate both what this ideal is, and what is necessary to achieve it. Immediately, we are reminded of antebellum America, and the vast divergence that existed in the construction of law, the legitimacy of government, and its role in transforming America as it neared Civil War. Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau, both prominent in their political and philosophical beliefs, epitomize the outspokenness required to enact change through their respective works, and prove that despite their similar ideals and disdain for slavery, the path toward a more perfect Union is one that is definitely not clearly paved. Lincoln’s audience in his speech “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” was a group of young, educated men in Springfield, Illinois. Prior to reading the speech, I placed myself in the lyceum, on an old wooden chair about four rows back. I closed my eyes and imagined a young Lincoln rising to the stage. His address is, to say the least, an adamant call to action. Upon conclusion of reading the speech, I remember mumbling to myself: “The logos and pathos are strong with this one.” Lincoln takes advantage of the…

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