Abraham Lincoln : A Great President Essays

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When people think of the great presidents that this nation has had over the years, one thinks about great names such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and if they’re from Kansas, Dwight D. Eisenhower. No one can forget one of the most famous presidents, Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln is known as a great president for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is because of his influence on the emancipation of African Americans during the course of the Civil War. There is no argument that Abraham Lincoln did in fact play a large role in the freeing of the slaves, but the question that frequently comes around is did Lincoln think this was the best thing to do because that is what he truly believed should happen, or did Lincoln free the slaves because he knew that it would benefit not only himself, but also the Union? Although Lincoln did have some good intentions when it came to the slaves, his main desire was to give the people of the Union what they wanted so that Lincoln could stay a strong politician for the Union. Lincoln decided that it would be in the best interest of the Union to free the slaves, because during the Civil War he realized that freeing the slaves would allow for the African Americans to fight in the Civil War which would add to the number of able bodies the Union would have to fight (Brinkley 345). Lincoln also did not view African Americans as equal and during his campaign he changed his stance on what he believed based solely on the audience that…

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