Abraham Lincoln - President During the Civil War Essay

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Abraham Lincoln - President During the Civil War



Abraham Lincoln was assuredly one of the greatest presidents in
American history. This is demonstrated by his effective administration
during the Civil War, the creation of policies that benefited everyone in
the United States and the efforts that kept the United States from
splintering during the Civil War and from its aftermath.

Lincoln made excellent decisions in the Civil War. He guided his
nation from being torn apart by conflict. He reacted quickly when the War
was suddenly sprung upon him. His blockade of the southern ports weakened
the south by stopping its income from trade and his immediate expansion of
the Union Army gave the north a powerful
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The first federally controlled
paper money was issued in 1861, establishing a secure standard of money,
one not threatened by failure in any way. To the settlers were granted 65
hectares of public land by the Homestead Act, free of charge, beginning in
1862, enhancing the growth of the United States and bringing more people to
create a thriving population. President Lincoln's policies also promoted
national unity and communication. The transcontinental telegraph, first of
its kind, was completed in 1861. It connected all of eastern United States
with California and allowed a speedy way of communicating across a country.
Free mail delivery in the cities of the United States was allowed in 1863,
promoting communication between the people. Finally, there was the
Emancipation Proclamation on the first day of the year 1863. It released
all the slaves in the states that were still in rebellion. Though it did
not have much real effect at the time, it pointed a way to a brighter
future.

President Abraham Lincoln handled the end of the war admirably. He
put the nation back together and did not punish the south as wanted by some.
His plan of reconstruction was accepted and the slaves were all freed,
showing the rest of the world a virtuous country. He admitted that his
reconstruction was not perfect, but convinced his people to accept it and
work on it over letting their sister states leave and banishing the hope of
a unified…