Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter : People Of The Civil War Essay

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Mindy Phan
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August 25, 2014

Civil War Journal
Based on Seth Graham-Smith’s
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

People of the Civil War

1. Sec. of State William Seward

Because of his prominence and support in the Republican Party, William Seward earned his position as the nation’s Secretary of State from 1861-1869, under Abraham Lincoln. William possessed the trait as an active abolitionist and contributed to the abolishment of slavery. In Maryland, he gave his overt suggestion to Abraham on waiting for a Union victory before passing the Emancipation Proclamation so that the government could “prove their abilities in enforcing the Proclamation” (civilwar.org). By doing so, the Union gained a huge advantage in the war against the Southern states and the equality of men was well on its way because of William’s assistance in Lincoln’s administration.

In the novel Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, William Seward stands as Secretary of State, a prominent position for the protagonist, Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet. Being highly sufficient for the job, Seward is characterized as being “one of the leading antislavery voices in Congress” and “widely expected to be the Republican presidential nominee in 1860” (Graham-Smith, 225). In the book, Henry directly informs Lincoln on Seward’s ability in vampire hunting and his history on killing the same number of vampires as Lincoln; Lincoln himself “bite[s] his lip to keep his jaw from dropping” (Graham-Smith, 225) after being…

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