Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Trina Burwell Personality Report “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved---I do not expect the house to fall ---but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.” (Abraham Lincoln Great Speeches Page 25) This speech speaks of the character and the dignity of a great President. Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States of America. He is a self taught man that began as a lawyer and rose to state legislator to the President. Abraham Lincoln helped the United States through one of the most horrific wars in the United States history. Born February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln lived in Kentucky. He taught himself how to read and write and when he grew up he worked on a farm in Illinois. (Thomas, Benjamin Page 4-6) He married Mary Todd and had four children. Only one of the four boys lived to adulthood. In 1859, Abraham Lincoln ran against Stephen Douglas for Senator and lost. However, the reputation he gained from the debate he had with Stephen Douglas gained him the Republican nomination for the President in 1860. In Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Address he warned the South "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it." (Abraham Lincoln Great Speeches Page 53) As President, Lincoln made the Republican Party a strong national organization. He was also able to rally the majority of the Northern Democrats to the Union cause. January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation declared free those slaves within the Confederacy.

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