In the Cooper Union speech, what is the purpose in addressing the Southerners?
I think that Lincoln was able to show his understanding of statesmanship and what leadership represents in his attempt to address the Southerners. Lincoln recognized that the Cooper Union speech would be seen as his belief of Republican identity. He also understood that his desire for national leadership meant that he must address national issues to the nation, at large. The second section of the speech is carved out with this as a purpose. Consider Lincoln's opening of this speech as his own answer to the question of slavery and the question of how he appropriates the Southern mindset as a candidate for President:
And now, if they would listen - as I suppose they will not - I would address a few words to the Southern people.
In addressing as many of the Southern criticisms of both Lincoln and Northerners, in general, Lincoln...
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