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Lincoln's Persuasive Argument for Continuing the Civil War: An Analysis of his Speech at Gettysburg


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Question: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -we cannot consecrate -we cannot hallow -this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Lincoln argues that the war must continue. Discuss his claim and the evidence he provides in his speech to support it. make it look like a human wrote it and dont pla giarism it

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In the renowned Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln makes a profound case in favor of persevering with the ongoing Civil War. His argument is laced with emotion, logic, and appeals to human dignity unified under the cause of liberty. Firstly, Lincoln rests his argument on the philosophical foundation that the United States was conceived in liberty and is committed to the principle of equality for all men. He asserts that the war is a test of the strength of these principles and the ability of a nation adhering to such principles to survive. The Civil War, thus, is posed as not merely a conflict between the North and the South, but as a vital instrument in safeguarding the essence of America itself. Secondly, he brings forth the sacrifice of men who have died on the battlefield as an illustration of the magnitude of the conflict. He argues that these men have consecrated the ground and their sacrifice is proof of the importance of the cause they were fighting for. Their sacrifice, he posits, reinforces the obligation on the living to ensure that these men did not die in vain. This acts as a strong emotional appeal, tugging at the sentiments of the listeners, bolstering his claim. Lastly, Lincoln shows a forward-looking vision, stating the great task that remains before them. He emphasizes that from the honored dead, they should take increased devotion to the cause they believed in. He ties this devotion to the survival of a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" – encapsulating the democratic ideals the nation stands for. Overall, Lincoln's argument for the continuation of the war is grounded in the values upon which the nation was built, the sacrifices made by those who believed in these values, and the responsibility of the living to carry forward the task of safeguarding liberty, equality, and democracy.

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April 19, 2024, 11:05 a.m.

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Published: Friday, April 19, 2024

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