The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

1500 WordsMay 2, 20166 Pages
Abraham Lincoln has been studied more than any other in American history. In fact, over 15,000 different books have been written about our 16th president. Throughout the pages of these books, President Lincoln is affectionately referred to by many different names, such as the Railsplitter, Honest Abe, and the Great Emancipator. A vast majority of these written works honor Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents. Not everyone feels that way, however. Charles Adams, in his book, When in the Course of Human Events, is determined to right the wrongs of his “force-fed Lincoln adoration from early school days on into university history courses.” He goes on to call Lincoln a dictator and rips apart the Gettysburg Address, all in an attempt to…show more content…
In the Gospel of Mark, King Herod grants his step-daughter one wish and she requests the head of John the Baptist. The cartoon shows Lincoln sitting on a throne, granting a request for the head of Liberty. Both of these political cartoons were meant to show what the cartoonists believed to be Lincoln’s disregard for the Constitution and the laws of the United States in how he used his power as president during the Civil War. The validity of those beliefs is an ongoing debate, one which will likely continue for as long as there are historians to study the issue. There are many acts issued by President Lincoln viewed as unconstitutional. Could the president issue a call for the militia in time of war? Was the naval blockade of the Confederacy legal? Did a president have authority to suspend habeas corpus in time of war? Was the Emancipation Proclamation constitutional? The first act of Lincoln’s to be criticized is his proclamation on 15 April 1861 following the attack on Fort Sumter in which he called for seventy-five thousand militia. He viewed the southern states as the aggressors and he could not sit idly by while they took over nearly all federal property in the south. Much of this property had been seized even prior to Lincoln’s inauguration. Confederates viewed the Federal government as simply landlords of the property, rather than accept the premise that it was owned by the United States. Most northern publications and many in the south as well,
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