The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Through the mid 1800’s slavery tore our country apart, and Lincoln addressed this issue in a speech on November 19, 1863. It was arguably one of the greatest speeches ever given (America 's Story). Although it was only around 271 words, it was one of the most impactful messages that the United States had ever received. There were many different opinions on slavery and war in the 1860’s. Lincoln utilizes his powerful influence on the US, and strong diction to help Americans understand that the US is a country of freedom and equality. (Gettysburg Gospel).
Abraham Lincoln was arguably one of the most important people in the American Civil War. Abe grew up in a log cabin to two illiterate parents in Kentucky. His real mother, Nancy passed away at age thirty four and his step mom encouraged him to start reading. After a total of eighteen weeks, Abe learned how to read and would sometimes walk miles just to find a book. He stood at about six feet four inches, and was extremely muscular, but people always knew that Abe was very sociable and talked to everyone. He told many stories and was elected captain of the war against the Native Americans. Soon after he was elected to the legislature in Illinois where he took up law by reading books by William Blackstone. After his law career, Lincoln began to affiliate himself with the political business. He served one term in the U.S. House of Representative and served in some criminal cases. In 1854, the Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska…

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