The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Men in history are generally remembered for their actions, not for their words. As I sit here, thinking about our country’s founding fathers who helped form our nation, I cannot help but think about their qualities and how each of them contributed to their vision of America. I reminisce on George Washington’s bravery, Thomas Jefferson’s genuity, John Adam’s determination, and Ben Franklin’s ambition when it came to founding our country and declaring us separate from King George III. There is one man, however, I think about and respect more than any of these other men: Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves.
Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky, is widely considered to be one of the greatest presidents to have ever been in office. During the course of his presidency, Lincoln not only lead the Union during the Civil War and tried to unify the nation through a harsh time of crisis, conflict, and bloodshed: through his beliefs, his example and his legacy, Lincoln freed the slaves, gave them the right to vote, and made them legal citizens of the United States.
Where did Lincoln’s sympathy for African citizens come from? Why did he oppose slavery, when so many others endorsed this practice? Perhaps it was in his upbringing. Abraham was the son of Thomas and Nancy Lincoln, who were strong Christians following in the faith of
the Separate Baptist Church. This faith upheld high moral standards and believed dancing, alcohol, and slavery to be

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