Abraham Lincoln: Greatest President

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Was Abraham Lincoln America’s greatest president? It is a question many people are asking. As of today, there have been forty four presidents of the United States that have taken the stand. But of those forty four, which one is the best? Abraham Lincoln has proved that he is the answer to that question. After succeeding in uniting the country, Lincoln outshines the others. “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” This is the oath that the president has to take on the day he steps into office. On that day, and every day after, each president has one goal in mind; to defend and to protect the constitution and the rights of every American citizen. Abraham Lincoln did everything he could to achieve that goal and to uphold the oath, which is what makes him the greatest president America has ever had. He ended slavery, an issue that has been tearing apart the nation for hundreds of years, and he united a nation that seemed almost impossible to bring together.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1849 as the second child of Thomas and Nancy Lincoln. He was born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. He had a normal childhood, only moving once across the Ohio River in order to acquire free territory in Indiana. He became a leader early on, always being the one his siblings looked up to. In 1840, he went on to marry Mary Todd. His political career moved quickly when he hit the age of 23.He went from owning a small business to campaigning in the Illinois General Assembly. He then served as New Salem’s postmaster and later as a county surveyor. After that he became a lawyer, and the decided that he want to get back to his political career. This then lead to him becoming the sixtieth president of the United States.

In the mid 1800s, the biggest issue that divided the nation was slavery. This issue was so bad that it divided the nation to the point of war, the Civil War. The North verse the South, which meant the slave states verse the free states. Tim Stanley, author of “North-South Divide” explains how much divided the two regions were over the issue of slavery. Stanley says that everyone living in that time could already sense a war coming. This war was the first and only war in which Americans fought each other. Abraham Lincoln saw this as an issue because he knew that a nation could not be united if they are in war with each other. (Lincoln) “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” He wanted to do everything he could to fix the problem of slavery, end the war, and unite the nation again. To do this, his first major idea was the Emancipation Proclamation. According to James A Dueholm, author of “The Effect of the Emancipation Proclamation”, this was an article issue by Lincoln that freed the slaves and was both possible and necessary for abolishing slavery. Dueholm, also the author of “A Bill of Lading Delivers the Good”, states that the Thirteenth Amendment was adopted by congress to outlaw slavery and that Lincoln promoted this amendment as a means of avoiding any possible legal affirmations of the Emancipation Proclamation. This proclamation also changed the course of the civil war from a battle to preserve the union into a battle for freedom.

Some people make the argument that Lincoln some ill advised decisions during his presidency because they believe that the reason for the Civil War was because of him and his actions. An excerpt from the book Taking Sides written by Melvin Bradford, says that the only reason the civil war started was because Lincoln invaded the South and started provoking them. This action brought them to war. Bradford also says that the only reason Lincoln got elected president was because he promised he would not make war against the South....
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