Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
By Ezra Castillo
I am going to tell you about Abraham Lincoln’s life. You will also learn the importance of his role in the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 , 1809. His father was Thomas Lincoln and his mother was Nancy Hanks. They were two farmers and lived in Southeast Hardin County, Kentucky. He had an older sister Sarah, and his youngest brother Thomas died at infancy. In 1816 the family moved to Indiana. That was mainly on account of slavery. Abraham recalled, “but chiefly on account of difficulty in land rules in Kentucky.” Lincoln was raised to do farm work. He recalled his life as “unbroken forest” as a fight “with trees and logs and grubs.” Farming was his life but sadly lead no outlet for education. Later he did recall some schooling, but for not even a year. Even though, he somehow could read and write. In 1818 his mother Nancy died. The father remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston. Lincoln said she, “proved a good and kind mother.” Later in life Lincoln recalled fond memories of his childhood home. Abraham Lincoln made a flatboat trip to New Orleans in 1828, and his sister also died that year in childbirth. In 1830 the family moved from Indiana to Illinois. Then in 1831 Abraham Lincoln moved to New Salem. In 1832 Lincoln ran unsuccessfully for Illinois legislature. Then two years later he was elected to the lower house until 1841 as a Whig. Being a member in the Whig Party came easy due to the fact his father had been a member. Influenced by John Todd Stuart in 1836, Lincoln became a lawyer. On November 4, 1842, he married Mary Todd. They had four boys, only one lived to maturity. Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. By this point Lincoln lost interest in politics. Lands previously closed to slavery were open by legislation. Lincoln was completely against it, he believed the act was immoral. At this point, Lincoln thought...
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