Abraham Lincoln - President During the Civil War

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Abraham Lincoln - President During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln was assuredly one of the greatest presidents in American history. This is demonstrated by his effective administration during the Civil War, the creation of policies that benefited everyone in the United States and the efforts that kept the United States from splintering during the Civil War and from its aftermath. Lincoln made excellent decisions in the Civil War. He guided his nation from being torn apart by conflict. He reacted quickly when the War was suddenly sprung upon him. His blockade of the southern ports weakened the south by stopping its income from trade and his immediate expansion of the Union Army gave the north a powerful battalion to combat the Confederacy. Some of his actions were controversial, such as suspension of habeas corpus (the right to protest unlawful imprisonment of a person and take it to court) for certain Confederate supporters who were too loud in their support, but it prevented unrest when unity was needed to fight the Confederacy. Lincoln appointed generals that, though not always successful, were competent, including the famed Ulysses S. Grant. Lincoln kept national unity, moderating his own views of slavery to keep the border states of Kentucky, Missouri, Delaware and Maryland. He managed to stop and European nations from interfering with his foreign diplomacy and his speeches, such as the famed Gettysburg address, held the peoples's support to him and the Union. During the Civil War, all was not concentrated on the battle on the field. Life did go on, however nervously, and out of this period arose several beneficial policies of Lincoln's. These policies aided towards the ... ... middle of paper ... ...uly one of the greatest US Presidents ever to live. His skill in leading his nation earned him a worthy reputation as a man of integrity and virtue. He sacrificed his sleep, peace of mind and much of his happiness to see the United States through. His humble background only made him more of a representation of the possibilities of the United States and increased his popularity with the people of the Unites States, driving toward a greater nation. President Abraham Lincoln, with all his skill, led the United States through one of the most difficult times in United States history, and not only bringing survival to the nation but created an even better place, improving the Constitution and starting the United States on its road to greatness. His valour in the cause of his nation earned him a place in the heart of the Americans, as the beloved Father Abe.
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