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In Lincoln's first Inaugural Address which types of appeal does he use to try to persuade the southerners?

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In his first inaugural address, Lincoln appeals to Southerners on a number of different levels. (Recall that, by the time of Lincoln's inaugural, seven southern states had already seceded, and Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated as the first President of the Confederacy.) Lincoln's address was, of course, directed at these states, but it was also aimed at those slave states that had not yet left the Union. He first disavows any intention to end slavery, and points out that, in any case, the Constitution did not empower him to do so:

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