The Emancipation Proclamation and The Gettysburg Address. (My Take On Them)

The Emancipation Proclamation  January 1,1863

When the rest of the world is too intimidated to stand up for what is right, Abraham Lincoln took the “bull by its horns” and decided to make the difficult yet not popular decision of freeing the slaves and in consequence, let the civil war take place.

The Emancipation Proclamation was a revolutionary document that freed slaves and let justice prevail. The Emancipation Proclamation was a very legal document that covered all the bases and left no room to slip through the loopholes. In reading this document the reader can tell that Abraham Lincoln put a lot thought into it. While it is very cold and analytical of a document it is important to remember how freeing it truly was for so many people! The Emancipation Proclamation was so legally binding that it would harbor safety for human beings forever. The following states ignored the Emancipation Proclamation Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, (except the Parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the City of New Orleans) Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth[)].

Lincoln new that war was inevitable but he still tryed to plead with the south to be peaceful, his pleading was sweet, simple, and to the point. This was The Gettysburg Address.

The Gettysburg Address – november 19, 1863

The Gettysburg Address was a very heartfelt cry to the south to be reasonable and moral. Abraham Lincoln told the south that instead of going to war should handle the matter diplomatically but of course they didn’t listen. The Gettysburg Address was such a short speech that the photographer could not set up fast enough to get a picture of Abraham Lincoln speaking. Lincoln was so sure that he was doing the right thing that he was willing to go to war over it. He makes me think about my own life and what I have strong moral obligations to that I could be standing up for. The difference between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address is that the Emancipation Proclamation made sure all of the loose ends were tied up and taken care of, while the Gettysburg Address was Abraham Lincoln trying to explain, From one human being to another why he did what he did. Lincoln sums up the Gettysburg address by stating that America was a birthplace for freedom and it will become one once more, through the freedom of slaves.
“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.” – Abraham Lincoln (out of the).

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