Abraham Lincoln

The 16th president

His words about his choices

"`A house divided against itself cannot stand.' I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved---I do not expect the house to fall---but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other." ---Abraham Lincoln

Peoples ideas about him

Most historians agree that Abraham Lincoln was the most important man to ever occupy the White House because he abolished slavery and kept the states united through a bloody civil war.

-Kitty Kelly

Basic infomation

  • Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Hardin county, Kentucky.
  • Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 in Ford's Theatre while watching the play Our American cousin in Washington, DC. One of the actors by the name of John Wilkes Booth, had snuck into his box, shot him, and jumped to the stage and left. People that were in the theater had carried Abraham Lincoln to a house across the street, where he died the next day.

Early life

As a child, Abraham Lincoln had to walk 2 miles to school from the farm on Knob Creek when there was no pressing work. In 1818, a disease had killed Abrahams mom. Abraham was only 9 years old when his mom died. The winter after, Abrahams father got remarried to a widow with 3 kids. He learned to love his step mom.

Getting involved

Abrahams first time getting involved with government, he ran for the Illinois legislature. He didn't win the election but he had got 277 out of 300 of the votes that were casted in the New Salem precinct. He ran again in 1834 for the state legislature and won. Abrahams way that he ran his campaign surprised John Todd Stuart, and he ended up inspiring Abraham to study law. Abraham served 4 terms in the legislature and became floor leader for his party. In 1846, Abraham had been elected for the U.S. congress. Abraham ran for senator in 1855 but didn't receive the nomination which led him to think the "Whig" party was dead. In 1856, he declared that he was a republican. Abraham Lincoln was elected for president in 1860.

Choices and results

From when Abraham was elected for president, he focused on saving the union and stopping slavery in the union. When he gave the Gettysburg Address, he wanted the listeners to know that "a new birth of freedom" was coming where every man was created equal, just like the Declaration of Independence said. He got the 13th amendment passed, which banned slavery. That amendment had pushed for the 14th and 15th amendment to follow. When Abraham had taken office, the nation had already started to divide. 7 states had already seceded and joined together as the Confederate States of America. He was able to pull those states back into the union and ban slavery once and for all.

Aftermath

Life had changed after the choices he made for him because he got shot and killed because of his choices. Life had changed for society because there were no slaves allowed so farmers had to hire people. African Americans had finally had the choice of what they wanted to do. African Americans were no longer considered property of someone and now were considered a person.

legacy

Abraham Lincolns decisions has shaped todays society because it banned slavery altogether. Everyone in the U.S. is now free without having to worry about being sold to someone. It put in motion to what led to the 13th,14th, and 15th amendments which gave African Americans more rights like banning slavery and being able to vote. We now remember him for what he did with the Abraham Lincoln memorial, in Washington D.C.

Annotated Bibiography

1.Kitty Kelley." BrainyQuote.com. Xplore Inc, 2016. 5 May 2016. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/k/kittykelle498982.html

This site gives you quotes about the person you search or quotes that person has said. I chose that site because Mrs. Stratton recommended the site to find quotes about my person.

2."President Abraham Lincoln, 1865." Social Policy: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016.

This source is a picture of Abraham Lincoln that was taken right before he was shot. I chose this source because it shows what he looked like right before he died.

3.Pinsker, Matthew. "Abraham Lincoln." The Presidents: A Reference History. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002. Biography in Context. Web. 8 May 2016

This source gives an overview of his life as a kid and his early political work. I chose it because it gave me more information on his early political work.

4.An artists interpretation of the scene in Fords Theater immediately after the assassination of..." Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016.

This source is a picture of what it kind of looked like after Abraham was shot. I chose this source because it gives you an idea of what it looked like when John Booth jumped out of the box the president was in.

5."Abraham Lincoln." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016.

The source explains Abrahams whole life and his political life. I chose this source because it went deep into his political history before becoming president.

6.JAFFA, HARRY V. "Abraham Lincoln." Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Gale, 2000. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016.

This source goes into what Abraham had started and his legacy. I chose it because it gives a lot of information of what he set in motion.

7.Abraham Lincoln." Historic World Leaders. Ed. Anne Commire. Detroit: Gale, 1994. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016.

This article has a brief overview of his life. I chose this article because it shows why Abraham had chose to do what he did.

8."Abraham Lincoln." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 8 May 2016.

This source is a picture of Abraham Lincoln when he was younger. I chose it because it was form the library of congress.

9."Abraham Lincoln." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 8 May 2016

This source is a picture of Abraham Lincoln when he was giving the Gettysburg address. I chose this source because it gives you an idea of how he looked when he gave the speech.

10.https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/abrahamlincoln

This source is a government website about the presidents. I chose this source because it is more reliable than most sources because it is a government website.

11. "Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 8 May 2016.

This source is a picture of the Lincoln memorial in Washington, D.C. I chose this source because it shows that his legacy was so big because he has a memorial.