Abraham Lincoln

by Daniel from Sulphur

This is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln <br> (http://www.historyplace.com/specials/portraits<br>/presidents/port-linc.jpg)
This is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln
(http://www.historyplace.com/specials/portraits
/presidents/port-linc.jpg)

Abraham Lincoln is my hero because he guided the United States of America through some of its hardest times. He had no precedents to help him make the decisions that he made. Without his leadership through the Civil War, millions of people, including me, would be in the Confederate States of America, and even more people would be in a Union broken apart. He also lived through many hard personal problems. Three of his sons died before they reached adulthood, and both of his parents died while Abraham was still young.

Lincoln also had other accomplishments that made him heroic. He fought for the freedom of African-Americans. Without him, slavery might still be practiced in what would have been the Confederacy. The first step to civil rights for African-Americans was his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The process was later continued by people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

Abraham Lincoln was not against the southern states as John Wilkes Booth thought. He said, "With malice toward none; with charity for all." He only wanted the Union to be undivided. He was against slavery in territories, but did not want a Civil War. However, no one can avoid something so inevitable. As he once said, a house divided cannot stand.

My final reason for choosing Abraham Lincoln as my hero is that he continuously tried to achieve his goals. On his first try at running for Senator he lost, but he won four times after that. His family was very poor, yet he still became the President of the United States of America. He never stopped fighting for what he believed was right in the Civil War even when newspapers printed false things about him. Therefore, I believe that Abraham Lincoln has earned the right to be considered heroic.

Page created on 5/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 5/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

Related Links

Roger Norton's Abraham Lincoln Research Site - describes Abraham Lincoln's life in detail.
White House: Abraham Lincoln - has biograpies, speeches, and quotes by Abraham Lincoln