“If you think about it, every person there had probably lost a father, husband, son, or brother, and they were deeply angry,” White says. ” ---------------------------------- FULL TRANSCRIPT DAVID WROBEL: Good morning everybody, welcome back. But we need to know that Lincoln is not simply an American treasure.“And they wanted Lincoln to speak to their anger.” The University of California-Los Angeles historian delivered a line-by-line analysis of what even the oratorically gifted 16th president called his “best effort” during the University of Oklahoma’s 2014 “Teach-In on the Civil War.” “Lincoln must've thought long and hard, whether he could ask his deeply divided nation, to come together in forgiveness and reconciliation,” White says. I'm David Wrobel, the Merrick Chair of Western History at OU. In 2009 I was invited by the state department to speak in several countries and the first stop was Hamburg, Germany.
What was your feeling, what was your experience when you were there? My attempt to write and speak about Lincoln is, although with great respect for what are called, "Lincolnphiles" is really for people who want to move from awe to understanding.
There is nothing more wonderful than when a 14-year-old, or a 15-year-old, contacts me and says, "I've read your book on Lincoln's greatest speech, and I have an understanding." As President Boren has said, sadly we're often not teaching American history.
Now we're in the celebration, commemoration of the Civil War.
And we know of Thomas Jefferson, but those are what we would call, "well-born figures". For us the greatest American is Abraham Lincoln, for he represents what America is all about. I want you to get in touch with the first time you went to the Lincoln Memorial. Perhaps those here who are parents or grandparents took their children there.
And just as I was getting to this point, wouldn't you know it, a professor put up his hand, Ph D in English from Princeton University, and he said, "But Dr.
Then Write An Essay In Which You Analyze The Rhetorical Strategies President Lincoln
White, wouldn't you have to admit that he Lincoln actually is blaming someone?So I've put in your hands, the handout is Lincoln's second inaugural address. We're used to long inaugural addresses, how many here in the audience have been to an inauguration?It's a very exciting event, especially if it's your candidate.And so his first rhetorical strategy is what I call the use of inclusive language. Wouldn't it be wonderful in our modern political dialogue, if we could impute the best possible motives to those with whom we disagree?Lincoln is imputing the best possible motives to the people of the South.I have to do intensive events for teachers to even be able to teach Abraham Lincoln within American history.So this morning I want to open a window on Lincoln through his words.They did not want this war any more than the people did in the North.In that same inclusive language, he goes towards the end of the paragraph, Now the first time I ever talked about the second inaugural address was at the United States Air Force academy in Colorado Springs.I believe that Lincoln led this nation in many ways through the Civil War by his words.Winston Churchill led his nation in many ways by his words. As was mentioned in the introduction this morning by David Boren, as we began the day, George Washington did not want to run for a second term, he was persuaded to do so, and so when he gave his second inaugural address, for which there was really no tradition, I like to say that he stood and, in 135 words, said, "Thank you very much." and sat down.