Abraham Lincoln's Criticism Of His Resolve

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The Civil War Era: a time of irrefutable, American chaos that has still not been emulated since its occurrence, approximately a century-and-a-half ago. Those who were genuinely good in this time of greed and anti-comradery were a definite rarity and were often ridiculed by others simply because they were a diamond in the rough. Among these, the most famous, Abraham Lincoln. In 1862, Horace Greeley wrote in the New York Tribune that Lincoln’s plan was “lacking direction and resolve” and criticized the fact that the slaves weren’t being emancipated sooner. Lincoln’s response, however, reveals his complete disregard for criticism of his resolve--for it is something far greater than any other American of this time can begin to comprehend--and his initiative to preserve the Union in spite of emancipation of slaves. …show more content…
Whereas, there was no greater pressure than that of which Lincoln faced during this time, holding office during the beginning of the Civil War. To the absolute least, Lincoln had a plan. His aspiration was none other than saving the Union, and with this, he stuck through. Lincoln faced tremendous political and social pressures in the few years leading up, ultimately, to his assassination. Who could forget Dred Scott vs. Sandford--the court case that arguably lit the fuse that started the war altogether? These were acrimonious times, and Lincoln’s kindheartedness was seemingly easy to take advantage of. However, this mass ridicule did not stop Lincoln, as he emphatically became a symbol of peace to those who resided within