Essay on The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president and one of the most well-known presidents to hold office. He is famous for many things, from his work as a lawyer to his involvement in the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Most of all, Lincoln is known for being the “Great Emancipator”, for finally ending slavery centuries after its inception. Based on his work in passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and his decision to make the Civil War about slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln largely deserves the credit he is given for abolishing slavery; however, he is certainly not solely responsible for abolition, and without the help of others pushing for change, abolition might never have happened.
First, we come to this idea of the passing of the 13th Amendment. By 1865, Lincoln knew that he must free the slaves in the country for a variety of reasons, one being for political purposes. He pushed for this amendment to become law, and in this he demonstrated why Lincoln deserves his title of Great Emancipator. He was willing to resort to any extreme to convince both the moderate Republicans and Democrats of the House of Representatives to pass this amendment, allegedly including bribing conflicted Democrats with governmental positions or downright threatening inconsistent Republicans (Lincoln). While patronage such as this was not entirely uncommon during the 1800s, it nonetheless shows dedication that Lincoln was willing to turn to such measures in order to do what he knew…

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