On this day in , Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th president of the United States. In his inauguration speechLincoln extended an olive branch to the South, but also made it clear that he intended to enforce federal laws in the states that seceded. Worried that the election of a Republican would threaten their rights, especially slavery, the lower South seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. In the process, some of those states seized federal properties such as armories and forts. By the time Lincoln arrived in Washington , D.
This Rare Photograph Shows Abraham Lincoln Delivering His First Inaugural Address
Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration
Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address, focused on shoring up his support in the north without further alienating the south, where he was almost universally hated or feared. D elivered after Hannibal Hamlin was sworn in as vice president, the address avoided any mention of the Republican Party platform, which condemned all efforts to reopen the African slave trade and denied the authority of Congress or a territorial legislature to legalize slavery in the territories. The address also denied any plan on the part of the Lincoln administration to interfere with the institution of slavery in states where it existed. To Lincoln, the Union, which he saw as older even than the U.
In composing his first inaugural address, delivered March 4, , Abraham Lincoln focused on shoring up his support in the North without further alienating the South, where he was almost universally hated or feared. For guidance and inspiration, he turned to four historic documents, all concerned directly or indirectly with states' rights: Daniel Webster's reply to Robert Y. Lincoln's initial effort was typeset and printed at the office of the Illinois State Journal, edited and then reprinted.
Due to website maintenance, online transactions may be unavailable between 2 a. We apologize for the inconvenience. In this lesson plan, students will learn how to annotate historical speeches for deeper understanding. Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.