The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was the United States 16th President in 1861. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Lincoln, which freed slaves. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, “The proclamation declared, "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free” (Archives.gov). Despite the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free all slaves, it paved the way for African-American to fight for freedom. It also changed the focus of war and freedom for slaves became a new focus of war.

Moreover, Martin Luther King Jr. was not a United States president, however, he too paved the way for African-Americans. He was a Civil Rights activist, leader, Baptist Minister and Humanitarian. King is historically known for bringing equality for all regardless of race. Americas Library emphasizes, “He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice, and he never got tired of trying to end segregation laws (laws that prevented blacks from entering certain places, such as restaurants, hotels, and public schools). He also did all he could to make people realize that "all men are created equal"(Americaslibrary.gov). Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. both had a significance influence on changing history. Many argue that Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. had similar beliefs that fought for African Americans.

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