Analysis Of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

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Racism and slavery were two rising conflicts in the 18 and 1900’s. There were two very famous speeches given by Abraham Lincoln, and Robert F. Kennedy discussing these two issues. Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was given on April 10th, 1865 by Abraham Lincoln. He gave this speech to inform the public know about the Civil War. Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Was given on April 4th, 1968, by Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy gave this speech to inform the public that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Both of these men pointed out key issues happening because of slavery. The rhetorical situation that gives the need for Abraham Lincoln to give his speech Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, is the Civil War and the end of his four year Presidential term. Abraham Lincoln’s intention when giving his Second Inaugural Address was to re-unite a …show more content…
Also he intended to leave his four year Presidential term on a good note. His speech was intended to be heard by all, thousands of people came to the address to hear Lincoln talk about the Civil War as it was coming to an end. The main idea of Lincoln’s speech was to recognize the Civil War, and the wrong doings of both the North and South. Another key point in Lincoln’s speech was that everyone should be treated equally and nobody is better than the person next to them, “He declared that the true test of the aims of war would be how we now treated those who have been defeated. If enmity continued after hostilities ceased, the war would have been in vain.” (White, 2002). Lincoln tells the public that if its Gods will for the war to continue than it will continue, he begins to wrap up his speech by saying “the judgements of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.” (Lincoln, 1865). The overall tone of Lincoln’s speech is sad, and serious. In the beginning of Lincoln’s speech, he begins with a saddened tone as he informs everyone that the Civil War should

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