How Lincoln Saved America

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President Abraham Lincoln once said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” In other words, Lincoln believed that America could not be ruined by any one person but the citizens that built it. Lincoln was elected as a member of the Whig Party in 1834, which formed his views on slavery that it was not a moral wrong but a barrier to development. With his unique tactics of war and his insistence that America could be saved, Lincoln became a president no one had ever seen before. Overall, Abraham Lincoln reunified America and sheltered African Americans from slavery and inequality, all in ways no other president has ever achieved. Therefore, making Lincoln …show more content…
“On January 1, 1863, after nearly two years of armed rebellion by eleven slaveholding states, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the slaves in eight of those states and in large portions of two others were freed forever and that their freedom would be recognized and protected by the U.S. government and its armed forces” (Crowther). Naturally, President Lincoln set forth the Emancipation Proclamation creating a change in the quality of life for African Americans. Due to Lincoln’s power and love for America and its citizens, he found it only just to make all citizens equal. Distinctions between slaves and slave owners was the main problem for the split in America. “Persons in the United States might be of different races, but the war and the policy it compelled meant no longer would there be the legal distinctions of master and slave” (Crowther). For instance, now that slaves were established free, the discrepancy between master and slave was no more. With this mindset, the lives of whites were no longer more ‘valuable’ or ‘important’ than African Americans. The Civil War impacted America greatly; emotionally and physically, positively and negatively. Now that the nation was united and the citizens were equal, there was only one thing left to be done,

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