Abe Lincoln in Illinois Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What sentiment does Daniel Webster express in the speech that Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?

Webster is against the idea that states can secede from the Union. "While the Union lasts," he says, "we have high prospects spread out before us." He does not want to see the country "drenched in fraternal blood" because of a civil war.

2. What is Webster reacting or responding to in the speech Lincoln reads in Act 1, Scene 1?

Webster is responding to the desire of some Southern states' desire to secede from the Union, based on states' rights. States have the liberty, according to that argument, to decide their fate based on a vote of their residents.

3. Does Lincoln's teacher agree or disagree with the argument Webster makes for maintaining the Union in the speech Lincoln reads in the first scene of the play?

Lincoln's teacher agrees with Webster: "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable." His teacher says that Webster "proved that, without the Union, we'd have precious little liberty left."

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