The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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“All men are created equal.” This phrase is repeated in the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson had many slaves at the time and never set any of them free. Jefferson did not include black people who were treated no more than property, yet Abraham Lincoln brings this phrase to issues related to slavery. Abreham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1809. Lincoln was a self-taught lawyer and a senator with a reputation as a fluent opponent of slavery. Lincoln shocked many when he overcame several more electoral votes to win the Republican Party’s nomination for the 16th president of the U.S in 1860. Lincoln is still one of the most highly respected presidents of the U.S. Today Abreham Lincoln is criticized as someone “who has been given undeserved credit.” Although Abraham Lincoln was only concerned about the union in the beginning, he should be remembered as a moral leader as he transitioned to expressing his true hatred against the institution and took courageous steps in freeing the people in bondage. In the begining, Lincoln did not seem to be fully devoted to solving issues of slavery. For example, Lincoln did not accept the idea of equality between the two races. When Lincoln was running for president, one of his “political enemies” was Stephen Douglas. Douglass attacked Lincoln of being an abolitionist. Lincoln would be perceived as scary to voters because they would think his only goal was to abolish slavery. Lincoln selfishly stated that he was never in favor of having “social and political equality of white and black races” (Lincoln 4). Another example is that, in the beginning, Lincoln was only concerned about the union. Horace Greeley, editor of the New-York Tribune, among... ... middle of paper ... ...o races, which the south will definitely disagree or a war. Lincoln was determined to go as far as declaring a Civil War in order to free the slaves’ chains. Abreham Lincoln is only criticized because of what he used to think or his vague statements as to the issues of slavery. He transitioned from being concerned only about the Union to actually helping slaves become free and that’s all that matters. Just because he also cared about keeping the Union together does not mean he was giving undeserved credit in the fight to end slavery. If anyone shall know the story of Abreham Lincoln, it’s the story of his true intentions and not what he should be criticized for. Slavery could not certainly be abolished in one day, and Lincoln took courageous steps in trying to free slaves. Abreham Lincoln, for that, shall be remembered as a moral leader in the fight to end slavery.

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