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Read Abraham Lincoln, Great Speeches as well as Locke, et al., American Yawp, Chapter 14 and respond to ONE of the topical questions below in an essay of 4-5 typed, double-spaced pages (c. 1000-1250 words). Use 12-point, Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins all around. No title page is needed. Just type your name at the top of the first page. Use either MLA or Chicago format in citing the following: 1) all directly quoted passages (be sure to check with MLA or Chicago references on how to format block quotations), 2) any borrowed information, and 3) any paraphrased information from Lincoln or Foner (which must also be put into your words). (50 points possible). Upload your Essay and your Short Answers together in one file in Canvas, Assignments – Exams on or before the due date.
Lincoln’s Inaugural Addresses: No President’s term of office was defined by war more sharply than Lincoln’s. His gave his First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861) five weeks before the bombardment of Ft. Sumter and his Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1865) five weeks before Confederate General Lee’s surrender. He died a week after that. Though the first speech offers a detailed explanation of Lincoln’s intentions upon entering the White House and the second one is quite brief, and mostly explained the work the nation had left to do as the war was ending, both speeches explained Lincoln’s policies as he considered them at that moment. Compare the tone and the content of the two speeches. Do you believe they were effective? The language skill of trying to persuade others by using spoken or written words is called “rhetoric.” Was “Honest Abe” a good rhetorician or not? In other words, what was Lincoln’s key point in each of these speeches and how well did he get it across? Which of the two speeches do you find most effective? Why?