R03bc_Abraham Lincoln’s Young Men’s Lyceum Address (Speech) of Jan., 1838.
We begin our studies of the Civil War era by focusing our attention on a major player in the events of the time. We will understand the calamity, that we call The Civil War, all the better if we understand the issues that gave birth to it. This speech serves multiple purposes; it informs us about the man and his times.
1. Read a little about the context of the address (Time, Place, Circumstances) by visiting http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/sites/lincoln/lyceum-address-january-27-1838/. Be sure to record what you understand to be the pivotal contextual points.
2. Read the Lyceum Address, which can be accessed at https://worldhistoryreview.org/2016/12/20/r03bc_hus/
Your goal is to determine *how Abraham Lincoln uses the circumstances of the times (refer to the context) to express his stance on pivotal political questions*. Attempt to identify passages that reveal Lincoln’s view on…
– The Past (events, people, etc.)
– The Law (its role, purpose)
– The Nation (it’s founding principles, it’s promise, it’s nature, etc.)
– Anything else that you consider of value in understanding where Abraham Lincoln stands ‘politically’.
Use the paragraph numbers I embedded in the document to analyze it in segments and quickly locate pivotal text. If you have the necessary software/ device, download the document and highlight relevant excerpts to aid your analysis. Please ensure that all notes concerning this activity are stored in an appropriate section of your digital notebook. That would include any materials (such as this document) related to this activity.