Second Inaugural Address

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SecondInaugural Address

Thetheme of Lincoln’s is focused on a callfor unity after the civil war which was a result of the struggleagainst slavery. In doing so, he referred to the Bible as heexpounded on the idea of the omniscience of God to explain thereasons why the war had to occur, with all the terrible effects thatcame with it. Lincoln attempted to balance the two opposing forces inthe conflict by pointing out the errors each of them made at theinception of the war. Lincoln expressed that the purposes of Godcannot be assumed to be directly understood and comprehended by man.Thus, because of the societal scars resulting from war, he called forunity at the end of the address by inviting all to unite “withfirmness in the right as God gives us to see the right.” He calledfor the people to submit everything to the will of God, although suchwill may not be easily nor readily be understood by man.

Narrativeof the Life of Frederick Douglas

This is astory about Frederick Douglas, written by himself, describing aboutthe live he lived as a slave and how he fought for his rights. As abiography, he details the accounts of his life starting from hisearly childhood memories. Like all slaves, the details of his lifewere hidden from him such as his date of birth and his father’sidentity. However, he was fortunate compared to other slaves as hehad the opportunity to learn how to read and write. Through hisinformal education and personal observation, he learned about theinjustices of slavery and resolved to escape from his situation. Hisjourney to freedom was met by a lot of obstacles. He was able to geta small amount of control over his time and the labor he wouldperform even while he was still a slave. And then, even withapprehensions on the possibility of an unsuccessful escape, Douglaspushed through with his plan to escape to the New York City. It wasnot an easy journey because the city was unfamiliar to him and he wasbeset by thoughts of failure. With the help of other free black men,he gained freedom and thereafter, sought to have others gain theirfreesom by participating in causes that sought to eradicate slavery.


Lincoln,Abraham. “.” TheAmerican Tradition Literature. Ed.George Perkins. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. 861-. Print.

Douglas,Frederick. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas.” TheAmerican Tradition Literature. Ed.George Perkins. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. 887-. Print.