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The nineteenth century and Abraham lincolns second inaugural address
The American Renaissance is a time that American writers received more recognition as to the quality of their works. Before this time scholars looked upon the works of the artist and writers in America were looked upon as secondary to the across the Atlantic. The novelist Gustave de Beaumont "warned Europeans not to ‘look for poetry, literature, or fine arts in this country'." (McQuade et al pg. 462) "When one of the proprietors of the North American Review first read young William Cullen Bryant's blank verse, Wordsworthian "Thanatopsis" (1817), a poem subsequently hailed as the finest yet written in America, he assumed the author was British: ‘No one on this side of the Atlantic is capable of writing such verse'." (462) The American Renaissance is also a time of Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is a form of relying on one's own intuition and conscious.
The American Renaissance is a period framed by two major events, the Panic of 1837 and the Civil War. The American Renaissance also saw the rise in leadership from the "backwoods" politicians Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln. Rises in the distinguishment between social classes start in this period. By this time small groups of middle class citizens had been formed. The American Renaissance is the time of the gold rush and the ending of slavery. The American Renaissance is an important time in American history when we get some of our greatest literary contributions to the world.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. He grew up under the discipline of his father Thomas Lincoln and his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln. "Abe's" mother died when he was nine years old. He began to go to Andrew Crawford school at this age. He knew his alphabet and could read a little but with difficulty. Lincoln went to school off and on but read as he grew up. The Bible was Lincoln's main source of reading, but Abe would borrow books from neighbors from time to time. In 1837 Lincoln became a lawyer and 1849 he was selected to congress. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of United States, and in 1864 wrote one of his greatest works; he wrote his Second Inaugural Address. His Second Inaugural Address "has a double purpose: to comment upon the more striking events of the pending tragedy and to divine their meaning in the light of religion." (Robinson 344). In the first part of the Second Inaugural Lincoln gives a survey of the war. Lincoln briefly gives the motives and expectations of both sides. (p. 344) "On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago. All thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil-war . . . Both
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