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The Life and Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln: How it affected the Nation

Hist101- American History to 1877

Abraham Lincoln was a brilliant politician and leader. He made numerous contributions to the nation and had plans for many more had he not been assassinated. His death was a low point in our country’s history and had it not occurred our Nation would have been better.

According to Biography.com, “Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of America's greatest heroes due to both his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation”.

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States and was originally elected in 1861. He made great strides for our country and made a real difference especially for the slave population. Almost immediately after he was elected president he had a very big issue that confronted him. By the time of his inauguration seven southern states had seceded from the union and the Civil war started soon thereafter on April 12th, 1861. President Lincoln was a strong leader during the Civil war and his actions quite possibly won the war for the union.

“Abraham Lincoln responded to the crisis wielding powers as no other present before him. He distributed $2,000,000 from the Treasury for war materiel without an appropriation from Congress; he called for 75,000 volunteers into military service without a declaration of war; and he suspended the writ of habeas corpus, arresting and imprisoning suspected Confederate sympathizers without a warrant.”

Sheppardsoftware.com claims that one of President Lincoln’s best decisions made during the civil war occurred in September 1862 when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This prohibited slavery in the Southern states that were...
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