The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln’s victory in the 1860 presidential election, was a beacon of hope for many slaves in America. Becoming the 16th president of the United States serving from 1861 to 1865, Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s most celebrated heroes. Holding office during the years of the American Civil War, Lincoln preserved the Union, while creating a new era that consisted of emancipated African American slaves. After winning a victory at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. This Proclamation stated that all slaves behind Confederate lines, shall “forever be free”, creating an internal insurrection within the Confederacy. It did not apply to the loyal slave states in the Union, so it only freed about 200,00 slaves. Despite the numbers, the Emancipation Proclamation symbolized the possibility of African Americans attaining freedom in America; it was hope for a better life. As Commander in Chief Lincoln, was only exercising his war powers, in a strategic manner that evidently prevented any support from European super powers like Great Britain. Even though European nations disliked the practice of democracy, Lincoln’s making of the war as a battle against slavery rallied their support because a whole lot of European leaders were abolitionists and antislavery campaigners. After getting reelected to office in 1864, Lincoln understood that to prevent the re-enslavement of African Americans something else was…

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