Abraham Lincoln’s Effect on Our Nation Throughout American history, there have been many prestigious people including Abraham Lincoln in particular. He defined the American experience and what it meant to be a free American with his actions. Lincoln grew up poor, however, through hard work and dedication he rose to the nation’s highest office. Some groups though believed that Abraham Lincoln was not the father of freedom. They believed he was becoming a dictator and took advantage of America in its dark times. Lincoln’s critics claimed that Lincoln wanted to destroy the Constitution. However, Lincoln’s actions are justified and helped the nation in many ways. Abraham Lincoln is an important part of American history; he was able to hold the Union together, led to the abolishment of slavery, and made an impact on moral and political character of the nation through his speeches and humble character. The Republican Party appealed to almost every non southern group. For free-soilers, the Republican Platform provided non extension of slavery, for northern manufactures, a protective tariff, for immigrants, no abridgment of rights, for the Northwest, a Pacific Railroad, and for farmers, free homesteads from the public domain. Appealing to these groups gave Lincoln more supports. The most devoted Lincoln supporters organized into marching societies, called Wide-Awake Cluds (Kelly). However, the Republican Platform did not appeal to southerners. As a result Lincoln was given the nickname “Illinois-Railsplitter” (Kennedy 425-426). Lincoln’s nomination gave the Confederacy an excuse to succeed because the South didn't want to abolish slavery. After Lincoln took the office, he warned that westward expansion needed to be stopped or slavery would take over the nation and that the nation could no longer survive if it has half-free and half-slave (Freedman). Lincoln’s warning became a famous quote: “In Your Hands, my dissatisfied 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” (Friedel & Sidey). He knew there would be a lot of tension because of the issue of slavery and made it his goal to do anything to preserve the nation. When the South succeeded, Lincoln was hesitant on signing anything slave related because he didn't want the Border States to succeed also and give more power to the South (Kennedy 436). The Southern part of the nation was the most skilled in their military. At first, many people believed the Confederacy would beat the Union because of their highly trained officers and soldiers; Lincoln knew he would need to create an incredible plan to beat them. The plan he and Congress came up with was called the “Anaconda Plan”. This plan emphasized the blockade of Southern ports, called for the Union to advance down the Mississippi to cut the South in half, and the establishment of a federal force around the capital (Kennedy, Cohen & Bailey). Everyone knew Lincoln opposed slavery, however, he didn’t want to emphasize it during this time (Friedman 46). More support from the border states meant more support for keeping the nation together against the trained, skilled southern army. Lincoln’s goal to keep the Union together would only succeed with as much support as he could get, and with the support of the border states Lincoln knew he had good chance of winning the Civil War. Even though Lincoln didn’t press the abolition of slavery until later on in his presidency, Lincoln recognized the harshness of it and believed it would only slow the nation down. Lincoln states, “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally” (Kelly). Abolitionist movements increased their efforts when Congress passed slavery acts, such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. At one point, Lincoln left politics,…
To What Extent was John Wilkes Booth Solely Responsible for the
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln?
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Criterion A: Plan of the Investigation
After a failed attempt to kidnap Lincoln, a plan was made to murder him. On April 14,
1865, this plan was made successful. John Wilkes Booth is credited for this murder, but
extent was John Wilkes Booth solely responsible for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln?
Booth was a part of a small band of coconspirators…
By Michael McTaggart
Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on Feb 12, 1809, to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln. Abraham had an older sister named Sarah and a younger brother named Thomas, who died when he was an infant. Due to a land dispute, the Lincolns were forced to move from Kentucky to Indiana in 1817. When Abraham was 9 years old his mother died at the age of 34. A few months after his Mom’s death, his Dad married Sarah Bush Johnston. Though both his parents were unable to read…
Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success. On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States. The outcome of the election directly led to the secession of seven states and ultimately, the Civil War. During his presidency he dealt with the cohesiveness of the Union and slavery.
As a political leader, Lincoln's views about slavery changed as he had to worry…
Many people have made conversation over Lincoln’s death disputing on if Booth and his followers had plotted to commit the horrendous crime or if Booth acted alone. Many historians believe that Booth was not alone however, due to the notes that were found on his dead body and just the plain hate of the remaining confederate sympathizers that assisted Booth throughout his entire plan. I personally…
Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809, in Kentucky, but moved to Indiana with his family when he was eight. His mother died when he was ten and both of his parents came from undistinguished families. He did not grow up with a proper education, but he was able to read and write. He married Mary Todd in 1842 and had four children, but only one of them lived to maturity.
In 1858, he ran against Stephen Douglas for the position of Senator. Lincoln did not win but he gained a reputation…
January 23, 2012
Historical Research Essay:
Abraham Lincoln- Emancipation Proclamation
As the glowing sun set over the bloody fields of Antietam, the Civil War became a different War. Five days after the battle at Antietam was won, armed with pen and paper, Abraham Lincoln changed the war when he issued, one of the most important and controversial documents in America history, the Emancipation Proclamation. Congress and the northern states were urging…
Abraham Lincoln and his impact
There are seven known world wonders, but America has sculpted itself into the eighth
wonder of the world. America has been the symbol of prosperity and hope to people all over the
world. Even though America has endured many leaders, wars, and many trials and tribulations, it
rose to the challenge. During the creation of America and its upbringing to become a great
nation, many important figures paved the way to make it all possible. One man stands out before…
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…
2 November 2013
Abraham Lincoln Outline
a. Abraham Lincoln Sr. was a captain in the Virginia Militia during the revolution and led patrols into the Virginia countryside to defend the community from Cherokee warriors (“Abraham Lincolns”)
b. 1782, the family moved to the “frontier” of Kentucky, hence “born in a log cabin” (“”)
c. Indians killed Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather in 1786 and young Tom, Abraham Lincoln’s father, witnessed it (“”).
d. Abraham Lincoln Jr. was born on February…
Rosa D Quispe
Sep 21, 2014
Abraham Lincoln “the movie”
The film depicts Abraham Lincoln’s arm-twisting and political maneuvering in January 1865 to secure approval of the 13th Amendment, which, when ratified by three-quarters of the states, abolished slavery throughout the nation. This was indeed an important moment in political history. The first scene is involving: Two black soldiers speak with the president about their experiences in combat. One, a corporal,…