The fate of Confederate Generals and the impact today

By Anthony Reilly

Thesis: The author states that after the Civil War the United States was still deeply divided despite a Union victory. In the face of the division, presidents sought to pardon confederate figures rather than strictly punish them.

The audience targeted are historians, students and anyone else who is interested in Civil War history.

Ethos: provides evidence when mentioning a real conversation a southern delegate had with Abraham Lincoln

She uses real world examples by mentioning the events of Charlottesville, Va to those protesting the removal of confederate statues

Uses some good vocabulary choice when writing about different aspects

Pathos/Kairos: When the author writes that Lincoln’s decision to pardon officers who “resigned from U.S. governmental positions to file an “application of amnesty”, was lenient because they committed treason, it sort of convinces you that they should have been punished more severely. This essay is generally free of bias. Slight emotional tones at times, but for the most part, straightforward.

Logos: Gillian Crawford uses quotes, facts, and real world examples to back up her ideas.

The argument being made is that our leaders now can do a lot of harm or good with their actions toward racial issues. We will feel the effects now and for many generations to come.

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