Essay The Legacy Of The American Civil War

1801 Words Feb 18th, 2015 8 Pages
How can a nation turn against itself? How can brothers turn on one another and tear apart their families? No man hesitated to stand up for what he believed in even if the consequence was the destruction of his country. Equality was not an option for some, yet it was hope for others who believed that their country could be a better place. The American Civil War presented the nation with a crucial question: Who could lead America to restoration and unity? It had to be someone with experience and leadership, someone with guts and bravery, someone who could look at the nation as a whole and not take sides. Therefore, Abraham Lincoln was chosen to solve one of America’s toughest conflicts, and he showed courage to free the slaves as well as determination and compassion to reunite the country which left a lasting legacy in the United States. Born in Kentucky in 1809, Abraham Lincoln did not know what the future had in store for him. He only knew hard work and farming but soon would realize he belonged in the political world where his leadership developed in his younger years would help him excel. Attending school was difficult for the young boy because he was needed on the farm to work and do chores. Lincoln took advantage of books he found, including ones about George Washington, and began educating himself. Struggling to provide for his family, Abe’s father decided to move the family to Indiana where soon after Abraham’s mother passed away. He was devastated, but picked up more…

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