Abraham Lincoln And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

1038 Words Jan 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of the greatest Presidents of the United States history from his work with the civil rights movement and his unique appearance (McPherson 94). Standing at six foot four inches, he was one of the tallest presidents in history. He is also famously known for his dealings with slavery and the abolishment of it. His independent background made him strong willed, and able to fight for what he believed in (Bio). In his Presidential acceptance speech, he criticized senator Stephen Douglas, the Supreme Court and President Buchanan for promoting slavery (Gettysburg). With Confederate states threatening to secede, Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation stating that all slaves in Confederate states would be free by the next year if they did not return to the union (Bio). Throughout the speech “The Gettysburg Address” Abraham Lincoln attempts to persuade the audience by using pathos, ethos and powerful diction. .
Historical Background Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one room log cabin where his parents lived. His mom died when he was nine because of “milk sickness.”(Abraham) His step-mother found out about his quick wit and intellect, and encouraged him to read often (McPherson 23). Surprisingly, Abe didn’t go to college, instead became a postmaster and taught himself the law and became a lawyer (Abraham). He married Mary Todd and they had four children together (Bio). He supported the Whig party and their idea of protective…

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