The Foundations Of Abraham Lincoln And The Civil War

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Abraham Lincoln is deemed as one of the most influential presidents, of the United States of America, that has ever lived. He may have never been the most influential in terms of foreign policies but, that was all due to his devotion to the country as the president. Abraham Lincoln wanted to unite the country amid the Civil War, so he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln wanted all citizens to have equal opportunities to own a land, so he proposed and passed the Homestead Act of 1862. In terms of foreign policies, he was never really involved with other countries. However, Abraham Lincoln was the president who proclaimed the Union Blockade to prevent the Confederates from trading or having connections from other countries such …show more content…
The Civil War was one of the most disappointing moments of U.S. History. Having said that, it was also one of the most important moments of the country. Many believe that the United States wouldn’t be as united, powerful, and influential as it is today had it not been for the Civil War. Amid the war, there was a guy by the name of Abraham Lincoln who chose to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. It was a proclamation and executive order to abolish slavery in the rebelling states (confederation). Though, Abraham Lincoln’s goal was not to abolish slavery, his main goal was to unite the country. “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.” (Abraham Lincoln, 1862). But, how has this influenced the United States the world knows today? First, Abraham Lincoln thought that “the ends justify the means,” and that’s what most successful and most influential leaders the country has today think of, “the ends justify the means.” The abolishment of slavery and unity of the country just happened to be a packaged deal and it happened to be one of the greatest package deals in the history of the …show more content…
It was an act that would allow the head of a family to own a land, as long as he was a citizen or has an intention of being one in the future. However, it wasn’t as simple to keep the land as it was acquiring it. “The claimant was required to live on the land for a five-year period while improving it by building a house measuring at least 12 by 14 feet and farming at least ten acres.” (Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History). But, that’s what makes these settlers Americans, it was the American Dream at the time. One has to work to acquire what one wants and one must continue to work to keep what one acquired. So, how has this affected the economy of the United States and how has it continually influence the economy? Well, today major American cities like San Francisco and New York provide affordable housings (homes for the low-income families or the unfortunate). Having affordable housing at major American cities attract many immigrants that are willing to do the blue collar jobs that would then boost the country’s economy because immigrants are usually the ones who work more for less. But, it’s not just housing that’s been influence by the Homestead Act of 1862 but, also land leasing in cities like San Francisco. More tech companies are moving to San Francisco than in Silicon Valley because of the fact that Mayor Ed Lee gave companies like Twitter and Yammer Inc. a tax break. Having these

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