Abraham Lincoln

"Honest Abe"

Early Years

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 near the state of Kentucky. Abe was named after his Grandfather who was shot by a Native American. His family belonged to a Baptist Church that supported anti-slavery. Abe himself believed slavery was wrong, but didn't take a special interest in religion.

Civil War 1861-1865

President

Abraham was our 16th president of the United States on November 6, 1860. He was the first Republican President of the United states. When growing up, he took an interest in politics. In 1832 he ran for a position in the states Legislature, but was rejected. He ran many more times in 1834 through 1840, but was rejected each time. He lost interest in Politics until 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act came into affect.

Civil War

Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address which was dedicated to all the soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield during the war. He also asked all the living soldiers to finish the job of the soldiers who perished. Abe supported the Homestead Act which allowed poor people in the east to obtain land in the west. Abe wrote the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all the slaves in the Confederate States of America. On April 9, 1865 the Civil war was over and slavery was abolished.

Lincoln's Assassination

Lincoln met his assassin before he was killed during a speech outside the White House. Him and his Wife went to see the play "Our American Cousin" on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre Booth. John Wilkes Booth opposed everything Abraham thought was right and shot him during the play. Abraham Lincoln was buried May 4, 1865

Perspective

As a Northern Politician, I support the rights of African Americans. In our constitution, that our founding fathers wrote, it states, " All men are created equal". It shouldn't matter what color their skin is. Everyone should be treated equally and fairly. I believe in these amendments and will continue to believe in them.

Importance

The election of Abraham Lincoln set the southerners off the edge, so the seceded from the union. During the Civil War, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which stated that all slaves were free. He also wrote the Gettysburg Address which he dedicated to all the soldiers who lost their lives in battle.

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