History remembers Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest leaders. He has made many significant contributions to the history of the United States and is considered one of the greatest presidents. He sacrificed himself for what he believed in, even if it meant starting a war against his own country. He believed in equality for everyone and that all men were created equal. As president he is best remembered for leading the Union through the Civil War and freeing Confederate slaves with the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and for delivering the Gettysburg Address, the most famous oration in American history, on 19 November 1863. But out of all of them, his greatest contribution was the Gettysburg address. It is one of the most famous and most quoted speeches in United States history. In only about two minutes, he gave his speech and most of the people there didn’t even notice he had spoken, but nobody knew that those two minutes would have such a powerful impact on history. As time has passed - it has come to be known as probably the most effective, straight from the heart, eulogy ever delivered.
Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Hardin County , Kentucky in 1809, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, who were uneducated farmers. Most of the day was spent hunting, farming, fishing, and doing chores. After becoming impoverished and losing their home, the family lost their farm and moved to Spencer County, Indiana to make a new start. At the age of eight, Abraham already was chopping wood for the home. When he was only 9 years old, his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of milk sickness. The next year his father, remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston, whom he became close to, but became distant from his father as he grew older. His father put very little emphasis on schooling and he only received 18 months of formal education but his stepmother encouraged his quest for knowledge. He was self-educated and got most of his... [continues]
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