Transforming the nation and Abraham Lincoln

July 31, 2020 by Essay Writer

Abraham Lincoln was born in February 12, 1806, in Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States. He was raised in a poor family and his family were forced to moved from Kentucky to Indiana due to land dispute in 1817. Even though both of his parents were illiterate, his mother still encouraged him to read.

In the place where they were living at that time do not have much reading material so it was very hard to find one. Despite that, he would still walk for miles to search for book. In March 1830, his family had migrated again to Macon County, Illinois. Then, when his father wanted to moved his family again to Coles County, he decided to struck out on is own and started to make a living himself by being a manual labor at first and had gained some skills from that. After that, he migrated to a small town in Illinois called New Salem where he worked numerous jobs. Through those jobs, he had also acquire several social skills.

He then became the 16th president during 1860. II) Development/ Achievement U.S Civil War:

– A month before the U.S Civil War started, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States. The election of an antislavery northerner as the 16th president had made many Southerners mad. By the time he became the new president, seven Southern States had seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America and that was where Civil War started.

During the war, he fought hard to keep the United States from spliting into two countries (the United States of America and the Conderate States of America). In the end, he won the war and had succeeded in not letting Confederate States from forming their own country. Freedom for All:

– During the the third year of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation act on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had granted freedom to all the slaves in Confederate States. On his behalf, the blacks were allowed to fight for Union to earn their freedom. However, the Proclamation was quite limited.

For example, it only applied to states that had seceded from the US, hence the slavery was left untouched in other states. Then during 1893, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address.

This speech basically honored the soldiers that sacrificed their lives to earn their freedom. The speech had also reminded all American citizens that “all men are created equal, and that includes African American.” III)

Legacies/ Conclusion

The Emancipation Proclamation that Abraham Lincoln issued was an important step towards abolishing slavery in the US.He had made US a better place by abolishing slavery. Not only that, the Proclamation had had foreign popular opinion swung in favor of the Union. That had caused European countries to support the Union instead of the Confederate. So in the end, the proclamation prevented European forces from intervening in war on behalf of the Confederates.

In conclusion, Abraham Lincoln is a one of the greatest president in the US and he is a good role model for everyone. Moreover, it is inspiring to see him sacrificing his own life for the greater good of the country and him transforming the nation had also inspired confidence among the citizens.

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