The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln Essays

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Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, was the Great Emancipator.
He was called the savior of the Union during its most distressing sight but most importantly he was the savior of the slaves. Slaves were brutally treated during the pre-Civil War times and even after. Abraham provided the slaves the opportunity to become citizens and individuals with rights. Due to creating the Emancipation Proclamation, voiced his beliefs through speeches, and helped to pass the 13th Amendment, Abraham Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator.
On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation, which has proven to be one of the landmark documents in American history, was announced by Abraham Lincoln. During the time period, one of the historical war was taking place when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The war was known as the civil war, which was fought between the northern union and the southern Confederacy. The war ended with the North wining against the south with the slaves being freed. The Emancipation Proclamation declared that slaves that were in any or part of a state that was rebelling against the United States were “forever free”.(Matheson). One of the reason why the southern didn’t want the slaves to be free was because of labor. Southern needed slaves to grow crops and plants. “He had decided to issue an emancipation proclamation that would unilaterally end slavery.” (Roberts 67) Abraham Lincoln told the secretary of state and navy that he had been…

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