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Great Leaders

 

Two Great Speeches
 
Throughout history, great leaders have achieved fame by
excelling in warfare or being cunning politicians. The
world usually saw them as being indifferent, selfish, and
cruel men. It is rare, however, for a ruler to exhibit both
power and compassion for others. Two men who possessed
these qualities and felt responsible for the people they
ruled, were Abraham Lincoln, US President during The Civil
War, and Chief Joseph, a Nez Perce Indian Chief.. The
feelings were eloquently expressed in their writings, "The
Gettysburg Address" and "I Will Fight No More Forever".
 
"The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln demonstrates
the president's responsibility and care for others. Lincoln
explains in this speech about why the war was going on and
that the nation is made for people to have freedom. The
slaves were mistreated and slavery was wrong and Lincoln
tells the people this. He didn't want to go to war but if
it will help the people he is supposed to be leading as the
President, then the war is worth it. "...as a final resting
place for those who here gave up their lives that that
nation might live." Lincoln is saying right there that if
it takes some people giving up their lives to help others'
in need, then it is his and the Union's responsibility for
the welfare of the rest of the nation and people to come.
He also mentions that brave living and dead men struggled
for freedom for those to come. He thinks that the people
should come first and it is his responsibility to give
these people the help, respect, and freedom they deserve. 

The second document, "I Will Fight No More Forever" by
Chief Joseph demonstrates the care and responsibility he
had for his people. In the tribes of Indians, the chief was
the leader and the one that the people counted on to
protect them. A lot of leaders would have just kept
fighting to win the battles to make themselves look more
powerful, but Chief Joseph doesn't do that. He takes
responsibility for his tribe. He sees the people suffering
and sees tribe members dying. He knows he has to take
responsibility for them and protect them. He says in this
letter that "..the children are dying and missing...",
"...the chiefs and old men are dead...", and "...we are
tired, sad, and sick...". He goes on saying that they are
freezing, have no more blankets, and a lot of people were
killed. These are the words of someone who puts others
ahead of his own self. The words of someone taking
responsibility for his people. Ending with the words, "...I
will fight no more forever...", he is saying that they give
up, he would rather protect and help his own if it means
him loosing a battle.
 
Both of these authors are showing as leaders the
responsibility they have towards their people. 
 

 




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