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Posted by Ashley on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:39pm.

What is it meant by "A house divided against itself cannot stand"? Explain why President Lincoln used this phrase prior to the Civil War.

The quote, "A house divided against itself cannot stand" was said by Abraham Lincoln prior to the Civil War. It means that our nation cannot work together, compromise, and agree on things, then it will fall apart. He used it before the Civil War because at the time, there was arguing about power in the senate between free states and slave states and also about whether or not to allow slavery in the territories. Lincoln wanted to warn us what would happen if a compromise was not made.

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