Abraham Lincoln : The Impossible Challenge Essay

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Abraham Lincoln: The Impossible Challenge
Abraham Lincoln was placed in charge when America’s peace was on very thin ice. Following a poor job of keeping this balance by previous president James Buchanan, Lincoln was placed in a very difficult position. With tensions heating from incidents like the Dred Scott Case and the release of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Lincoln was elected president right as these controversial scenarios began to erupt. Although civil war was inevitable, Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, his Gettysburg address, and his Second Inaugural Speech were masterfully crafted and delivered at pivotal moments in the war and postwar to do the seemingly impossible job of reuniting America and bring the defeated South out of the ashes. Lincoln’s bravery and courage is displayed through his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. This important Proclamation of 1862 would add human rights for all to the goals of this gory war. It stated that all slaves “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” When Lincoln was initially elected in 1860 before the onset of the Civil War, he stood firmly against the interference of slavery in the southern states. While Lincoln was personally against slavery, thinking of it as immoral and “an unqualified evil to the negro, the white man, and the State,” he knew that he could not support the abolition of slavery and be elected. He was very timely and tactful in the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. When…

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