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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 1800s and laid the foundation for an ethically compelling speech On June 161858 Abraham Lincoln the Republican candidate for the US Senate spoke out to over 1000 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 eloquent yet bold speech Lincoln uses evidence that appeals to emotion evidence revealing credibility and evidence that appeals to reason in hopes of encouraging support in the Republican cause the formation of a unified nation without slavery Lincoln builds an appeal to emotion with the first statement of the speech Mr President and Gentlemen of the Convention This statement gives each member of the audience a sense of importance and captures their attention by personally addressing the delegates in an honorable and professional manner Lincoln emotionally involves his audience throughout the speech through rhetorical questions Lincoln uses these questions to imply that slavery is an unethical and immoral practice that must be eliminated An example of this would be when Lincoln states that the nation as a whole will either completely legalize slavery or bring slavery to an ultimate extinction He follows this statement with the rhetorical question Have we no tendency to the latter condition With this statement Lincoln evokes the emotion of sympathy from the audience through ethical appeal Ultimately he hopes to instill the belief that the elimination of slavery is the correct solution to the current problem of the increasing rift between the North and South Lincoln uses the metaphor A living dog is better than a dead lion Regarding the comments made by those who believe the greatest of the Republican party are small compared to their adversaries This belittles the Republican delegates and raises them up in anger in
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