How do Lincoln’s actions at the time of his First Inauguration reflect his believe that America could not exist as a "house divided?"
Lincoln was remarkably consistent in his idea that the nation cannot continue on a path where it represents "half free" and "half slave." He did not want to be the aggressor and took steps to bring the South into the fold. His Inauguration Speech in 1861 demonstrated the ends to which his beliefs about maintaining the Union were possible:
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies...The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again...
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