Lincoln's Speech Addressing The Civil War & National Situation

Support From Non-Supporters


Frequently in a democracy a newly elected president needs the support of people who did not elect him. This is the situation that Lincoln was in as he addressed the New Jersey Senate and Assembly.

Complete a Quick Write.

  • How did Lincoln respond to the potentially embarrassing fact that the majority of the senators and representatives did not vote for him for president?
  • How do you think you would respond to Lincoln’s speech if you were a New Jersey senator who didn’t vote for him?

Open Notebook

Share your response with your classmates. Take notes on any new information your teacher gives about these two short speeches.