The Civil War Essay

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The Civil War was a time when the United States was split in two. In every battle Americans were killing Americans because of sectional conflicts. These were times when people were forgetting the concept of the United States, all the things their fathers and grandfathers had worked so hard for. Lincoln’s speech, The Gettysburg Address, defined, symbolized, and epitomized the spirit of America. Lincoln established equality, found in the Declaration of Independence but not in the Constitution nor in any Federal or State law, as a basic and fundamental concept in America. This is very true since this country was founded on equality but apparently not granted in the Constitution to all. In the time of the Civil War many Americans forgot …show more content…
The big question was whether or not the South had the right to secede. It was legal for territories to become states, but it was not stated in any document that states could break away from the United States - because that’s what they are supposed to be, united.
When writing the Gettysburg Address Lincoln had in mind the equality of all citizens. He felt that winning back the South and abolishing slavery was a tough fight that many had given their life to win. Lincoln expressed this when he said, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who have fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”(Doc.25 lines 12-14). In the Address, Lincoln also showed his fears of losing the war. “…That these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (Doc. 25 lines 17-20). This also meant that Lincoln thought that if the nation remained divided it could not survive, that the country and unique type of government it had would no longer be in existence.
The Declaration of Independence was written to declare the independence of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain. This document, like the Gettysburg Address, states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain…

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