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Division of the Nation: Lincoln's Warning on the Future of Slavery

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Question: Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention, If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new—North as well as South. ... Our cause, then, must be intrusted to, and conducted by its own undoubted friends—those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work—who do care for the result. Two years ago the Republicans of the nation mustered over thirteen hundred thousand strong. We did this under the single impulse of resistance to a common danger, with every external circumstance against us. Of strange, discordant, and even, hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and pampered enemy. Did we brave all then to falter now?—now—when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail—if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise councils may accelerate or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later the victory is sure to come. According to Lincoln, which issue is dividing or splitting the nation, and why? Cite evidence from the text in your response. make it really short don't plagiarism it also

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According to Lincoln, the issue dividing the nation is slavery. He states that "this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free" and points out that the policy intended to end slavery agitation has only augmented it. He adds either slavery will be contained until it's eventually extinguished or its advocates will spread it until it's lawful in all states. Furthermore, he mentions "those whose hands are free" indicating a reference to free citizens versus slaves.

Answered by gpt-4

April 10, 2024, 10:31 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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