Freedom Heroes

Abraham Lincoln

by Adam from Longueuil

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 and died April 15, 1865. When he died he was 56 years old. Before becoming the president of the United States he had many different jobs such as a lawyer and he was part of the Illinois Militia. During his year of service he only participated in one war: The Black Hawk War. After that he became a politician for the Republicans and ran for president. Later, he was elected the sixteenth president of the United States. He was in office from March 4, 1861 until April 15, 1865.

When Abraham Lincoln was a child he had a very poor family. They lived at the border of the western frontier. His mother died of milk poisoning, so Abraham grew up without a mother. Also since they were poor they could not afford for Abraham to go to school so he was mostly self-educated. After that, he first became a lawyer then an Illinois state legislator with only a partial school education.

When Abraham Lincoln became president he spoke out against black people slavery, these speeches started the American Civil War between the Union and the Confederacy. His main goal was to abolish slavery and to promote economic modernization. Abraham was willing to win this war at any cost. He allowed the general leading his army to target key passageways to prevent Union reinforcements to arrive. This caused around 100 million dollars in damage that needed to be repaired so the country could function properly. In the end Abraham Lincoln won the war and freed the United States from slavery, which promoted economic modernization. This let the country grow and not diminish because black people in the South were now allowed to live with the whites and not as slaves.

I think what Abraham Lincoln did when he was the president of the United States was amazing because it allowed the black people in the South to live their lives like the rest of the white population. They were no longer confined to the plantations or in other areas that white people controlled and where they did not have to perform the most laborious jobs the white people did not feel like doing such as mining, constructing buildings and metal working. This man is my hero because he did not care what color the people’s skin was, just that they were the same as everyone else.

Furthermore, if Abraham Lincoln was never president, it would have taken longer for slavery to be abolished. This man gave the people who were slaves a chance to have lives like the white people and that is why Abraham Lincoln is my hero.

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Last edited 6/1/2011 12:00:00 AM

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