Abraham Lincoln

by Erica from Brea

Abraham Lincoln is thought by many to have single-handedly freed the slaves. He was a big part of it, but he didn't free them himself. He just got the government going on the subject. He helped free the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. In the beginning he helped keep the Union together. He was a huge part of freeing the slaves.

Abraham was so huge in freeing the slaves, that he is thought to have singlehandedly freed them. Instead, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln first spoke against slavery at the first Illinois State Convention saying, "The human heart is with us- God is with us. We shall again not be able to declare, that 'all States as States are equal' but that all men are created equal (dfbutzen.wordpress.com). A lot of people signed the proclamation because Lincoln, before his presidency, was a Commander in Chief in war. When he died, the Thirteenth Amendment was issued and the slaves were officially free. The Thirteenth Amendment however was only in use in certain parts of the United States. This was this way because before Lincoln kept the Union together, it was falling apart.

Abraham Lincoln kept the Union together. He was a strong Commander in Chief in war. That helped the union stick together a lot. Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught Illinois lawyer and legislator with a reputation as an eloquent opponent of slavery, shocked many when he overcame several prominent contenders to win the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1960 (history.com/topics/abraham-lincoln). He kept other countries from getting into America's civil war. This also, aside from benefiting the America's, saved one heck of a lot of lives. He also gave the house divided speech.

Abe Lincoln is a true hero to many. But to some, he isn't. Back in the day, he helped to free the slaves. Well, some people wanted their slaves still. That is why it took so long for the Thirteenth Amendment to be issued. The slaves being given freedom is why Abe was assassinated.

Abraham is a hero nonetheless because he was a huge part in freeing the slaves. He helped free the slaves by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. He kept the union together by being a strong Commander in Chief. When he died, the Thirteenth Amendment was issued and slaves were free. I wouldn't recommend finding out a bunch on Lincoln. The reasoning is that you'd need the time to do it.

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