Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth

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Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth This reaction paper is on Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth by H. Herndon. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. I learnt that he had an immense moral vision of where his country must go to protect and enlarge the rights of all citizens. He loathed war but it turned out that war broke out over his ideas to abolish slavery (making all citizens equal). Lincoln's formal education was limited and irregular. He later recalled that when he came of age, he didn’t know much, but he enjoyed reading, knew the Bible, and some history, Shakespeare, and other texts that served him well in his political career. Despite his educational limitations, I see that Lincoln had a strong, active mind that probed to the depths of an issue. Shortly after the War of 1812, the Lincolns joined the flood of population surging westward in hopes of a better life. Critical of slavery, they initially moved to Indiana, and then continued westward to settle permanently in Illinois in 1830. Lincoln cut his own path in life by means of the law and politics. He sought his first political office in 1832, in an unsuccessful bid for the state legislature. A victory two years later sent him to the Illinois House, and began his quick rise in both politics and law. Ever active in politics, Lincoln served one term in Congress during the presidency of James K. Polk. He criticized the Mexican War and endorsed a resolution demanding that slavery be excluded from any territory gained as a result of the conflict. Despite his support of measures to supply troops, Lincoln's anti-war position stirred considerable opposition at home. During his campaign in 1858, Lincoln engaged in a series of debates with the Democratic candidate Stephen A. Douglas. He did not win election to the Senate but the Lincoln-Douglas debates spread his fame and publicized

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