How would you interpret the following passage from Lincoln's second inaugural address (1865)? “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in.”  

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In Lincoln's second inaugural address, he makes an appeal for social and political unity among the people of the U.S., while firmly stating that this political reunification, through the conclusion of the Civil War, would indeed occur. Lincoln was making an appeal to humanity while remaining firm on his position in the war. Of course, Lincoln was less interested in the liberation of black people as he was in the political and economic stability of his country. Lincoln refused to free the slaves of the north during the Civil War as he did not want to anger the northern state slave owners and lose their loyalty during the war. The war was a political battle to maintain the strength of America and through ending slavery, shift the economy towards more modern industrialization.

However, Lincoln was a political strategist who understood the social and moral struggles that his nation was engaged in, and understood that he needed to construct his reasonings for the Civil War as a moral fight...

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