The overall topic of Abraham Lincoln’s speech “A House Divided” is the debate about slave…


Political conspiracy

To further explore the issue of slavery in the US, the speaker goes into extensive details about historical events that he argues suggest that some members of the political class and justice system are conspiring to spread slavery across the US.

The main events that help the speaker explore the topic of political conspiracy are the Kansas-Nebraska Bill and the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision.

The Kansas-Nebraska Bill…



Abraham Lincoln’s “A House Divided” speech is mostly constructed using direct argumentation. This means that the speaker presents his views in a straightforward manner, as opposed to hidden argumentation when speakers let case stories and examples speak for themselves without explicitly st…

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