Abraham Lincoln; His Most Solemn Oath

Abraham Lincoln; His Most Solemn Oath

Omar Santos

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Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy in 1863. Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address:

“In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you…. You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.”

Lincoln thought secession was unconstitutional so he was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. His Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed all slaves in the rebellious states and paved the way for slavery’s eventual abolition, while his Gettysburg Address later that year stands as one of the most famous and influential pieces of oratory in American history. Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.  He was assassinated by the Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth in April of 1865 as the Civil War came to a close.


“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.”

This quote is from the Gettysburg Address, created by Abraham Lincoln. This quote was the last line in the Gettysburg Address. I picked this quote because I liked it. The purpose of this quote is too understand that the people of the Nation should have freedom. This quote was a good way to finish the Gettysburg Address.




The Gettysburg Address was created by President Abraham Lincoln in November 1863 during the American Civil War. Lincoln announced this speech at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. The Gettysburg Address was one of the greatest and most influential statements of national purpose. In the Gettysburg Address. he invoked the principles of human equality. The purpose of the Gettysburg Address was to justify the Union’s attempt to protect the integrity of the United States by not allowing the Southern states to secede. Lincoln had effectively made the people aware of their rights and declared the government answerable to the people. He redefined democracy as an independent offshoot of citizen will and not some property of the state legislatures. The political orator stylistically delivered the address to consistently initiate inquiry and political shift, even after his death. His belief in the power of a democratic form of government sparked numerous varying interpretations.




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