Biography Of Abraham Lincoln
“With no malice towards anyone without compassion for all, and with conviction in the right way God allows us to see the right way, let’s persevere to finish our work and to heal the wounds of our nation. …. ”
Abraham Lincoln was born Feb 12th, 1809 in a log cabin that was a single room, Hardin County, Kentucky. His upbringing was simple His parents, who were from Virginia weren’t wealthy nor wealthy.
known. In the early years, Abraham was a teenager lincoln Abraham had to lose his mother and his father emigrated to Indiana. Abraham was forced to do a lot of work to split logs and do other manual work. He also was hungry for knowledge and worked to be a success in his studies. He eventually became self-taught as a lawyer. He worked for eight years in the Illinois court circuit. His determination, ambition, and capability for determination were evident to those who worked with him. Lincoln was admired within the legal system and was dubbed “Honest Abe. He often suggested that neighbors mediate their disputes, instead of pursuing all legal proceedings. Lincoln additionally had a sharp sense of humor and was always mocking his appearance.
“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?”
Friends and colleagues in the workplace noted that Lincoln was able to manage tense and arguing situations by using humor and his ability to present an optimistic perception of human nature. Lincoln was fond of telling stories to illustrate an issue through humorous parables and humor.
Lincoln was not a woman to be around but, after a rocky marriage, he married Mary Todd in 1842. Mary Todd shared many of his political views, but they also had distinct temperaments with Mary more susceptible to emotional swings. They had four kids, whom Lincoln loved. Three of them died before reaching the age of maturity, which caused a lot of grief to both parents.
As a lawyer Abraham gained a knack to think quickly and speak clearly. His interest in issues of public concern led him to run for public office. In 1847 the year he got elected into the House of Representatives for Illinois and served between 1847 and. During his time in Congress, Lincoln criticized Presicriticizeds handling of the Mexican-American War, asserting that Polk utilized patriotism as well as military glory to justify the illegal act of taking Mexican territory. The stance of Lincoln was unpopular politically, and he did not get re-elected.
braham_Lincoln_by_ByersAfter his political career appeared to be over, he returned to working as a lawyer in Illinois. The 1850s however saw the issue of slavery resurface as a controversial national issue. Lincoln hated slavery and from a purely political standpoint, he wanted to stop slavery from being extended and be eliminated.
Lincoln delivered powerful speeches, which referenced his reading of the Declaration of Independence to prove that the Founding Fathers had intended to end the expansion of slavery. Particularly, Lincoln used a novel argument to show that even though society was far from equality America could strive to achieve the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
The Civil War was much more expensive than people thought, in the beginning, and Lincoln seemed to be losing the trust of the population in general. However, Lincoln’s steadfast leadership and willingness to collaborate with unionist Democrats kept the nation together. Lincoln was in charge of various aspects of the military of the war, and also encouraged General Ulysses S Grant to command northern forces.
The war began principally with the secession of states in the south and the continued existence of the Union However, in the course of the war, Lincoln increased his focus on the issue of ending slavery as a top priority.
On the 22nd of September 1862, Lincoln released his Emancipation Proclamation which declared the liberation of slaves in the Confederacy.
“… all those who are that are held as slaves in any State, or designated area of one State, and the inhabitants who are rebelling with those of the United States, shall be from then on, and forever liberated” ( Emancipation Proclamation)
The Proclamation was signed on January 1st, 1863. Near the end, of the calendar year, several regiments of black were formed to assist with the Union army.
After a difficult beginning two years, in 1863 the war’s tide began to shift towards Union forces, aided by the victory of Gettysburg. Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. Lincoln could redefine the objectives of the war to include ending slavery.
In a ceremony that was dedicated at Gettysburg on the 19th of November 1863, Lincoln declared:
“Four seven and a half years ago, our fathers set forth on the continent of ours the nation of our dreams, built on Liberty and committed to the belief that all men are equal.
We here in this room resolve that the dead will not be in vain -and that this nation under the guidance of God will experience an enlightened new beginning of freedom as well as that the government by the citizens, through the people to the citizens, will not be wiped out from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863
After four years of losing and defeat, the Federal forces won and the south surrendered. The Union was saved, and the slavery issue was resolved.
After the Civil War
After the war in the middle, Lincoln sought to reunite the nation by offering an enticing agreement to southern states. When asked to decide how to deal with Southern states Lincoln replied. “Let ’em up easy.” Lincoln was challenged by radical factions that were in favor of more activism in the south to guarantee the rights of freed slaves.
On the 31st of January 1865, Lincoln was instrumental in passing through Congress the bill that banned slavery. This bill, known as the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted on the 6th of December 1865.
Certain northern abolitionists as well as Republicans were in favor of Lincoln going even further and ensuring full equality for all races in the areas of education and voting rights. Lincoln did not want to implement this (it was an opinion that was considered to be a minority at this period) Frederick Douglass an influential black activist (who was a free man from slavery) did not always agree with the policy of Lincoln but, upon meeting Lincoln and expressing his admiration about Lincoln that he was awestruck by.
“He took me in as an adult He did not let me think at all that there was a difference in the coloring of the skin. The President is an incredibly amazing person. I am happy to see him doing what the circumstances allow him to accomplish.”
Five days following the surrender ceremony of Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army, Lincoln was killed at the hands of John Wilkes Booth while visiting Ford’s Theatre. Lincoln’s funeral was widely mourned across the nation.
Lincoln is widely recognized as one of the United State’s most influential and influential presidents. In addition to preserving the Union and advocating Republican principles, Lincoln was viewed as an example of integrity and honesty.
“Posterity will call you the great emancipator, a more enviable title than any crown could be, and greater than any merely mundane treasure.”
– Giuseppe Garibaldi, 6 August 1863.
“Five hundred years ago, a major American who was in the symbolic shadow we are today was the one who signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The historic decree was an immense beacon of hope for millions of Negro slaves caught in the fires of inhumane injustice. It was a happy morning to bring an end to the night of their imprisonment.”