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Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address   By: (1809-1865)

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Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address is an exceptional piece of American history that sheds light on the mindset and ideals of one of America's most iconic presidents. Lincoln's eloquence and passion are clearly evident in this well-crafted and powerful speech.

The book opens with a concise and informative introduction, providing necessary context about the political landscape at the time and the significance of this inaugural address. It sets the stage for readers, inviting them to delve into the heart of Lincoln's words.

Lincoln's address itself addresses the looming threat of secession and the imminent outbreak of the Civil War. His words are not only compelling but also timeless, as he skillfully appeals to the emotions and sense of unity of his audience. The speech showcases Lincoln's ability to connect with people from all walks of life, presenting himself as a leader capable of navigating through challenging times.

The book paints a vivid picture of the adversity Lincoln and the nation were facing at the time, making it easy for readers to empathize with the weight of responsibility he carried. Lincoln's dedication to the preservation of the Union shines through, as he eloquently outlines his commitment to upholding the Constitution and the principles upon which America was founded.

One aspect that particularly impressed me was Lincoln's ability to strike a delicate balance between firmness and conciliation. Though he firmly expressed his stance on issues such as slavery, the speech also extended an olive branch to the Southern states, offering reassurance and the opportunity for peaceful resolution.

The book's layout and formatting are straightforward, with the speech presented in its entirety. The font choices and spacing make for an easy and enjoyable reading experience. The inclusion of footnotes provides readers with useful historical insights and clarifications, enhancing the overall understanding and appreciation of Lincoln's message.

All in all, Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address is a compelling and enlightening read. It offers not only a glimpse into the thoughts and convictions of one of America's greatest leaders but also serves as a testament to the power of words in times of great crisis. This book is an essential addition to any history enthusiast's collection and a must-read for those seeking a deeper understanding of American politics and the struggle for unity.

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Lincoln's First Inaugural Address March 4, 1861

Fellow citizens of the United States: in compliance with a custom as old as the government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take, in your presence, the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States, to be taken by the President "before he enters on the execution of his office."

I do not consider it necessary, at present, for me to discuss those matters of administration about which there is no special anxiety, or excitement.

Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so." Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations, and had never recanted them... Continue reading book >>

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