Abraham Lincoln 's President Of The United States

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On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln took his first oath of office as President of the United States. On the East Portico of the new Capitol Building, Lincoln directed his voice not to the people in the crowd, but to the people of the seven states which had seceded from the Union just days before. He stood in the shadow of the Capitol’s half-finished dome, a symbol of the severe division within the nation. Mr. Lincoln would be met with great hardship and ambiguity throughout his two terms as president. He knew “a house divided among itself cannot stand.” What, then, was the solution? A war between the Northern Union and Southern rebels. His second inauguration, delivered just days before the surrender of the South, was spoken with a sense of sadness rather than victory. Lincoln knew there was much to be done even after the Union had won the war. Despite Mr. Lincoln’s discontent for war, his appeal to divine providence, the rule of law, and his propensity for leadership demonstrated to all the world that America would not be torn apart. Through eloquent speeches and creative political actions, Lincoln kept the nation together and won not only a war, but a distinguished place in history.
The national upheaval of secession was a grim reality at Abraham Lincoln 's first inauguration. "Plainly, the central idea of secession, is the essence of anarchy,” (AHR 478, line 23). With this statement, Lincoln tried to show why the attempt of seven states to leave the American Union…
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