Allusion

A stylistic device in which the writer or speaker refers indirectly to a person, event, or thing in history or in a work of literature.

Example From Text

...a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Explanation

Lincoln makes an allusion when he uses the phrase "all men are created equal," which comes from the Declaration of Independence. Why do you think Lincoln chose to allude to this important founding document?