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Ann Li May 5, 2013 Social Study Research Paper Ms. Yassin Abraham Lincoln On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of United States came into the world in a poor family in Hardin County, Kentucky. When Lincoln was born, he was given his paternal grandfather's name. His father, Thomas Lincoln was a farmer and shoemaker with only a little amount of knowledge. However, Abraham's father gained respect of the community because he purchased his own land twice. His religious beliefs against slavery deeply influenced Abraham in his childhood. Abraham Lincoln's childhood life was rough. His family moved three times, crossing states. Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, died from "milk sickness" caused by drinking the milk of…show more content…
Douglas from Democratic, and became the 16th president of the United States. Because of his strong mind against slavery, several Southern states seceded from Union and formed the Confederate states by the time of Lincoln inauguration in March 1861, and the Civil War began barely a month later. It was the darkest war time in the American history, where thousands of people giving their lives to the country from 1861 to 1865. During the Civil War, Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation which took effect on January 1, 1863. This document freed all of the slaves in the rebellious states but left those in the border states in bondage. He justified his decision as a wartime measure, and did not go so far as to free the slaves in the border states loyal to the Union because at that time, Lincoln cared more about keeping the country together. In fact, his Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves only located in states actively in rebellion against the United States was in order to allow those slaves to fight for the Union army. He was not able to free all slaves until the victory of the Union. Still, even though some slaves remained in bondage, the Emancipation Proclamation deprived the Confederacy of the bulk of its labor forces and put international public opinion strongly on the Union side. In April 1865, with the Union's victory, Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by the Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at The Ford's Theater in Washington

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