Essay on Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was born dirt-poor in 1809 in Kentucky. Abraham grew up on the farm with his family on the frontier of Kentucky and Indiana. He began to help his father with the farm work as soon as he was old enough. Because of all his farm work he only attended school for less than a year, but taught himself to read and write. Lincoln was able to self educate himself with his hard working and determined attitude, also he developed a love for books. Growing up he tried many different jobs, including being a solider in the Black Hawk War. Eventually teaching himself law, becoming a very successful lawyer. Through the 1830‘s and 1840‘s Abraham also earned his seat on the Illinois state legislature as a Whig Politician. Developing a major interest in the nations success and current as we as future problems. Lincoln expanded from state politics onto the U.S. House of Representatives in 1847. One of his first times of influence was when he voiced his opinion to the U.S. War with Mexico. During the 1850’s Lincoln left the Whig party in order to join the new Republican Party, where he competed for the U.S. Senate position in 1858. However, he lost the election to already Senator Stephen Douglas. Because he posed as a contender during the debate it raised him as a higher contender in the 1860 Republican presidential nomination.

The countries main issue was, slavery. Slavery was a wide spread problem in America, but mainly in the southern states. In the South, white men owned very large farms, which were had to manage with just themselves. They soon found that the Blacks who were brought from Africa would do the work for them on the farm. Getting paid no money and being kept as slaves. Slowly the people from the northern states were against this practice of slavery and wanted to abolish it, The Constitution of America is based on the equality of man. In the 1860 presidential campaign, Lincoln sided with the southern to abolish slavery and to limit the expansion westward. His election victory created a crisis for the nation, as many southern Democrats feared that it would just be a matter of time before Lincoln would move to kill slavery in the South. Rather than face a future in which black people might become free citizens, much of the white South supported secession. Lincoln supported the thought of Union in every form, even if it meant going to war to protect or fight for Union. What started as a war to preserve the Union and vindicate democracy became a battle