In a two page essay (approx 500 words), please (1) summarize and (2) evaluate this campaign speech delivered by William H. Seward of New York, during the political campaign of 1858. These links will give you some background information (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. about Seward, the campaign of 1858, and the struggle over the expansion of slavery (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. v the abolition of slavery (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. in the 1850s. Your summary should make sure to provide the following information: (1) Summarize: What type of document is this? Who wrote it (created it? produced it?)? When was created? What is it about? Or, what is the subject of this reading? What does the author want their readers/listeners to learn from this piece? Why do you think so? Do you think the author was successful with this? Why or why not? (2) Evaluate: What do readers today learn about how a major national political figure saw the fault lines facing the future of the United States in 1858? How does Seward see the future? Why? What does he hope for and what are his concerns or fears? How does reading this passage shape what you understand about that era and the issues of most concern among of Americans in the 1850s now that you have read it? How does this reading this speech change how you understand the link between the past and the present with regard to the impact and meaning assigned to slavery and to freedom on the development and present of the United States? Your response should be presented as a conventional essay. It will require a topic sentence that offers your overview of the value of reading this particular document, a section in which you summarize the document, and a section that includes your evaluation of the document. It is not possible to do this in one or two brief sentences, you will need space to expand on your answer and provide evidence for it in the form of direct quotations from the document itself. You may also make use of the relevant material in your textbook to supply context and a larger understanding of the conditions that might have lead the author to write what they did in this document.
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