Who Was Abraham Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America in 1861. His tenure lasted for four years. He was also a statesman and a lawyer. He was the man who led the country through the greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis, the American Civil War. Abraham also brought the emancipation of the slaves. He stands at an esteemed position among the American heroes. Born in Kentucky, Abraham is on several places referred to as the savior of the Union. His greatest accomplishment has been touted as his ability to preserve the Union and keep it intact during one of the tensest times in our history. His wartime leadership was second to none throughout the history of America.
It’s easy to say that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the United States but that isn't the whole truth. The Civil War was fought because southern states seceded from the United States and split the country into two parts. One of the main reasons that these southern states seceded is because they used slaves as laborers on the plantations and wanted to continue to do so. But some states, called Border States because they were located next to the states that seceded, remained in the United States and allowed slavery. So slavery was one of the causes of the Civil War but not the only cause.
Write your own story about young Abraham Lincoln's life. Use your history books, the dictionary and other resources answer these questions with a complete sentence. When you are finished answering all the questions you will have your own paragraph about Lincoln's life.
Abraham Lincoln wanted to be elected as a Senator from Illinois. In 1855 he did not win the election and he ran again for the Senate in 1858. His opponent was Stephen Douglas. Since there wasn't any television, campaigning was done in person by delivering speeches.
One of the worst battles of the Civil War occurred in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863. Over 50,000 men were killed in this battle. Abraham Lincoln went to Gettysburg when the cemetery for the soldiers was dedicated. This speech is called the Gettysburg Address.