Abraham Lincoln: Cause Of The Civil War

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Abraham Rodriguez
Professor Killian
PS 001
31 October 2017
All About Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the United States 16th president, he was elected in 1861. Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. His father, Thomas Lincoln, was unable to read and write, and his mother, Nancy Hanks, died when he was nine years old. When Lincoln turned seventeen, he found a job on a ferryboat. Two years later, he built his own flatboat and ran farm produce down the Mississippi river to New Orleans. He later sold the boat for its timber and returned home to give his full earnings to his father. After Lincoln turned twenty-one the family moved again, this time to Illinois. He then built his second ferryboat and made another
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One major event that happened during Lincolns presidency was the Civil War. Although the civil war was not caused because of Lincolns election; it was still a major factor for the war. Lincolns choice to fight was not because of his personal feelings about slavery, but because he felt it was his duty as president to preserve the union at all cost. The start to the civil war was the battle of Fort Sumter, in South Carolina, on April 12th, 1861, when the southern navy fired the first shot resulting in a 34 hour battle. On January 1st, 1863 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation; after the union victory at the battle of Antietam. The Emancipation Proclamation only applied to southern states in rebellion, it declared that all slaves in the rebellious states shall be free. Lincoln designed it to cripple the confederacy because of their use of slaves in the war, and to lead Britain and France into not supporting the confederacy. Although the Emancipation Proclamation only freed rebel state slaves it was still a huge influence in the abolishment of slaves in the United States. Lincoln considered the document the most important aspect of his legacy. With the war still going on Lincoln ran again for president, scared that due to years of war he would not win again. Lincoln would go on to win with the help of Ulysses S. Grant, his new general in command of all union armies, having a string of victories on the battlefield thus contributing to his re-election. With his second inauguration speech Lincoln said his goal was, “lasting peace among ourselves,” and called for, “Malice for none,” and, “Charity for all.” The four-year long war would end on May 13th, 1865. The last battle was fought in Texas at Palmito
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