The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Abraham Lincoln When you think of a past president, what exactly do you think? Do you think about what made them a great president or what made them a not so great president? In the eyes of many, Abraham Lincoln our 16th President was considered one of our greatest presidents. During Lincoln’s presidential era, slavery was alive and thriving as a successful business. Lincoln didn’t completely have the same feelings as others about slavery; he viewed slaves as people and not by the color of their skin. President Lincoln was a visionary and ethical leader before his presidency and during his tenure as the Commander in Chief. In this paper, we will review the characteristics of ethical relativism and ethical dilemma deeming Lincoln as a visionary and ethical leader, as well as my personal relevance to Lincoln. Starting with Lincoln being a visionary leader. Visionary Leader According to Miller (2002), “Lincoln certainly did not need to persuade himself that slavery was a moral evil; he had believed that all of his life” (p. 275). From his beginnings, President Lincoln embodied the characteristics of a true visionary leader. He was raised in the Baptist faith in an antislavery family and practically self-taught himself school. He won a few political campaigns and he lost some. His losses did not stop him from achieving his dreams. He was eventually elected as President of the U.S. and his election was the beginning of him realizing his vision of ending slavery
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