persuasive speech in support of or in opposition to the Reconciliation Agreement, from the perspective of an Athenian citizen speaking to fellow Athenians in 403 BCE

This assignment asks to write a 750 words persuasive speech in support of or in opposition to the Reconciliation Agreement, from the perspective of an Athenian citizen speaking to fellow Athenians in 403 BCE and using only information from the following sources:

your textbook: Western Civilizations, chapter 3
Thucydides, On Justice, Power, and Human Nature 
any information on this page (cite it as “Assignment”)
pp. 117-167 from Xenophon,  (Links to an external site.)Hellenica (Links to an external site.): Xenophon (ca. 430 BCE-354 BCE)’s  Hellenica is a history of Athens that picks up where Thucydides’ history left off. Pages 117-167 discuss the reign of terror set in place by the Thirty Tyrants and the fighting of the supporters of democracy in exiles to regain Athens. This selection starts with the conflict between two of the Thirty: Critias and Theramenes, which ends with Theramenes’ execution. Note that the fighting described here is a civil war, one that pitted fellow citizens, relatives, and friends against one another. [note: pp. 117-167 include he original in Greek with the translation in English, meaning that the selection you need to read is only about 25 – small – pages].
pp. 3-52 from Plato, The Republic  Download Plato, The Republic: Plato (ca. 428 CE-348 BCE) was the most famous follower of Socrates. He often chose to express his philosophical ideas in the form of dialogues. This selection represents the opening chapter of The Republic in which Socrates (the main character of The Republic) discusses with other characters what justice is. This selection is quite long: use the short summaries (written in italics) to help you navigate the pages more efficiently (you still need to read the actual text)
The assignment wants you to apply knowledge & skills that you have acquired in class: it’s your opportunity to show me your understanding of the historical context and the readings that you have done for class so far (textbook, Thucydides), and your ability to understand new sources on your own (Xenophon, Plato). For this reason, the ones listed above are the only sources you can use for the assignment.
You need to back your argument with evidence from the sources, and cite your sources. You can use any citation format you’d like.

You can choose what stance to take, but you will need to write the paper in first person, as if you were an Athenian citizen living in Athens in 403 BCE; the “audience” for your written speech is the Athenian Assembly, where some six thousand citizens (adult males only) gather to make political decisions. With this in mind, organize your paper in the following way:

opening salutation (it’s a written speech!)
clearly state your thesis (namely, whether you are in favor or against the proposed Reconciliation Agreement)
make your argument: this is where you must persuade your audience (the Athenian Assembly) to side with you on the matter of the Reconciliation Agreement. VERY IMPORTANT: you are making an argument from the perspective of an Athenian living in 403 BCE who wants to persuade fellow Athenians, which means that the information, facts, logic upon which you will base your argument must come form the historical context and the historical sources. 

Its supporters claimed that Athenians must stop obsessing over what happened during the past two years. They want Athens to move on, to restore the ties among all Athenians and focus on rebuilding. Some also added that harming something (or somebody) never makes it better: violence against any Athenian weakens Athens as a whole. Athens must come together: a set of trials against supporters of the Thirty will rip Athens apart.
Its opponents claimed that to grant amnesty to those who supported the Thirty and requiring that all Athenians forget the “past wrongs” of those associated with the Thirty defied the concept of justice. Can justice be served by forgetting the past? The Reconciliation Agreement would make it against the law to tell children – and everyone else – of the villainy of the Thirty. Can a democracy truly exist if people are not free to speak their minds, to tell their stories and that of Athens as well? Those who committed crimes against the democracy must be brought before the law courts and punished.