I understood, too, that in ordinary civil administration this oath even forbade me to practically indulge my primary abstract judgment on the moral question of slavery. I had publicly declared this many times and in many ways; and I aver that, to this day I have done no official act in mere deference to my abstract judgment and feeling on slavery. I did understand, however, that my oath to preserve the Constitution to the best of my ability imposed upon me the duty of preserving, by every indispensable means, that government, that nation, of which that Constitution was the organic law. Was it possible to lose the nation, and yet preserve the Constitution?
By general law, life and limb must be protected; yet often a limb must be amputated to save a life, but a life is never wisely given to save a limb. I felt that measures, otherwise unconstitutional, might become lawful by becoming indispensable to the preservation of the Constitution through the preservation of the nation. Right or wrong, I assumed this ground, and now avow it. I could not feel that to the best of my ability I had even tried to preserve the Constitution, if, to save slavery, or any minor matter, I should permit the wreck of government, country, and Constitution altogether.
When, early in the war, General Fremont attempted military emancipation, I forbade it, because I did not then think it an indispensable necessity. When, a little later, General Cameron, then Secretary of War, suggested the arming of the blacks, I objected, because I did not yet think it an indispensable necessity. When, still later, General Hunter attempted military emancipation, I forbade it, because I did not yet think the indispensable necessity had come. When, in March and May and July, 1862, I made earnest and successive appeals to the Border States to favor compensated emancipation, I believed the indispensable necessity for military emancipation and arming the blacks would come, unless averted by that measure. They declined the proposition; and I was, in my best judgment, driven to the alternative of either surrendering the Union, and with it the Constitution, or of laying strong hand upon the colored element. I chose the latter. In choosing it, I hoped for greater gain than loss; but of this I was not entirely confident...
Use context to determine the meaning of the phrase in bold. (4 points)
I have ascertained that
I can confirm that
I will instruct you that
I hope to learn that
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I just took the test and can confirm that the answer is "any method possible"
For question one, the answer should be c) This promise even prevented me. This is due to the use of "forbade", which means "prevented", along with the use of "oath", which is like a promise.
As for the second question, I know for sure that it is not b), Significant other, since there is no talking of a partner. I would say probably c) Worthwhile pastime. Yet, a) may be correct? I'm not completely sure since indispensable necessity means a necessity that is absolutely necessary. Then, mutual agreement means a contract between two entities that kind of ties them together. Try replacing 'indispensable necessity' with 'mutual agreement' and 'meanwhile pastime'. Yet, due to how the first sentence is worded, it makes me more so lean towards mutual agreement, in a way.
I'm sorry, I tried my best, all I know is that it isn't b).
For question three, I'd go with c) It is often necessary to get rid of one bad part to save the larger whole. This is because it says how an amputation can save a life, and the life is never wisely just given to a limp, so c) seems like the best option.
Hope this helped.
Means that the oath he took when he(Abraham Lincoln) went into office and became president forbids him to do something that breaks the constitution no matter if his OWN morals say something else.
"I had publicly declared this many times and in many ways; and I aver that, to this day I have done no official act in mere deference to my abstract judgment and feeling on slavery."
He publicly said this to show every one his views on slavery different ways and he states that to that day he's done no official act to defend his judgement and view on slavery.
"I did understand, however, that my oath to preserve the Constitution to the best of my ability imposed upon me the duty of preserving, by every indispensable means, that government, that nation, of which that Constitution was the organic law."
He understood that his oath to preserve the constitutions to the best of his ability by any means necessary because the constitution was the main law.
"Was it possible to lose the nation, and yet preserve the Constitution?"
He looks for an alternate way to find a way to preserve the constitution without losing the nation.