The Battle Of The American War

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In 1858, America was at odds about slavery. With the Mexican-American War having recently ended, the balance of pro- and anti- slavery states were at risk because of the new territories. Abraham Lincoln was newly nominated to run as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate seat in Illinois. He delivers the speech, “A House Divided”, to shed light on the matter. He discussed and addressed the issue in which the antislavery Republican Party must, on a national level, not secede their position, even when the votes and compromises were not working and take responsibility for what is ethically right despite ethnicity, while he foreshadowed the inevitable future. Lincoln ponders the question of what to do when compromise is no longer an option. He states, “‘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“ (732). The United States had come to a point where the minority is not willing to submit to the majority rules. They will continue to fight. The people have tried settling slavery among the states through democracy, in which, all involved must accept the decision as final. What was happening was the voter was casting his vote for his own cause and was unwilling to accept any outcome that was against his cause, even
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