Eloquent Boldness

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Eloquent Boldness Should slavery be allowed in the United States? This question divided our nation into two separate entities in the late 1800’s and laid the foundation for an ethically compelling speech. On June 16,1858, Abraham Lincoln, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, spoke out to over 1,000 Republican delegates in the Springfield, Illinois, state house for the Republican State Convention. At this gathering, Lincoln delivered an extremely courageous, “A House Divided,” speech. In this …

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…did this by using a “universally known figure of speech that would rouse people to the peril of the times.” Lincoln spoke gravely and, as always, slowly, setting the tone importance for the occasion. The use of evidence that appeals to emotion, evidence revealing credibility and evidence that appeals to reason combine to create an eloquent speech with a bold message. Lincoln uses these tools effectively to, “Utter sentiments that have been retarded long enough.”