A House Divided
This study guide will help you analyze the speech “A House Divided” by Abraham Lincoln. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, analysis, topic, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “A House Divided”
Speaker: Abraham Lincoln
Where: Illinois State Capitol
When: 16th of June, 1858, on the occasion of Lincoln being nominated by the Republican Party from Illinois to run for US senator.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th US President. He led the country through the Civil War and helped to abolish slavery. Although he is now one of the most famous US Presidents of all time, at the time of the speech he was not yet a prominent politician in the US.
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