Lincoln's First Inaugural Speech Crossword Puzzle

Lincoln's First Inaugural Crossword Puzzle Image


2 - States cannon secede because "It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own term_____________________."

3 - "... no Administration by any extreme of wickedness or ____________ can very seriously injure the Government in the short space of four years."

4 - Government is a matter of _________________ on one side or the other.  Either the minority must submit to the law, or the majority must submit to the minority.

6 - There would be no bloodshed or ____________ unless "forced upon the forced upon the national  authority."

12 - He warns that "You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the ________________, while I shall have the most solemn one to "preserve, protect, and defend it."

14 - All the _________________ of liberty must be allowed so that a free person won't be surrendered into slavery.

16 - He waxes poetic when he says that "the mystic chords of _____________" stretch "from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land."

18 - The ____________ ________ Law is referred to when Lincoln says "No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall in consequence of any  law or regulation therein be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom  such service or labor may be due. "

20 - Lincoln warns that the central idea of secession is "the essence of _________________", or lawlessness.

23 - The question of whether slavery is prohibited or protected in the ______________ is not expressly stated.

26 - One party (or state) may break a contract but it takes all the parties (or states) to ______ (or cancel) the contract.

27 - The president believed that truth and justice "will surely prevail by the judgment of this great _______________ [or court] of the American people."

28 - Both public officials and private citizens should follow the laws - even if they don't agree - and not trust that eventually a law will be declared  ______________________ with no punishment for breaking the law.




1 - When people grow weary of the Government they can "exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their ________________ right to dismember or overthrow it."

5 - In 1778, the thirteen states pledged to remain a Union with the Articles of ________________.7 - President Lincoln believed that it was his duty "to __________ the present Government as it came to his hands and to transmit it unimpaired by him to his  successor."

8 - Lincoln says that all members of Congress swear their loyalty to the WHOLE ______________.

9 - Acts of violence to break away from the Union are revolutionary or ________________ (or rebellious), depending on the circumstances.

10 - There would be no conflict without the "dissatisfied countrymen" being the __________________.

11 - He says that "the right of each State to order and control its own ___________ institutions" is extremely important to the balance of power.

13 - Lincoln urged his countrymen to slow down and think calmly and deliberately.  "Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time."

15 - Lincoln asks the southern states if there is any possibility that the ills from which they fly  "have no real ___________".

17 - Lincoln warns that states that secede from the Union set up a ________ that will divide and ruin them: what's to say that states won't secede from a new confederacy?

19 - Lincoln ends his address by appealing to "the better _______ of our nature."

20 - Lincoln asks if _______________ can "make treaties easier than friends can make laws?"  If you fight, the same questions will exist between you after the war is finished.

21 - Lincoln says that the Union is older than the Constitution - it first began with the Articles of ______________ in 1774.

22 - How many presidents had taken the oath by the time of this presidential address?

24 - The president believed that people would cease to be their own ____________  once government policy began to be fixed by Supreme Court decisions based on lawsuits between individuals.

25 - Lincoln says that he has "no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of ____________  in the States where it exists."




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