Although he was not a ‘modern day' civil right's activist, Lincoln's logic eventually led to the abolition of slavery, tragically driving the nation into a state of civil war. However, the American ideals which he embraced have made their way into our modern societies standards leading to civil right's programs which are constantly being reformed. Immigrants, of all nationalities and colors now look to America as a symbol of great ideals. Abraham said more prophetically than he could imagine that the American ideals of freedom should be "constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all peoples of all colors everywhere." As a result of his push for the preservation of the American ideal of freedom, slavery no longer exists and is even considered unconstitutional on the grounds that it is in direct contradiction with the conception that "all men are created equal."
Lyndon B Johnson was the most influential forces in establishing the movement that would ensure civil rights for black americans. Johnson was a constant and unwavering supporter of civil rights. Without his supreme efforts in establishing civil rights for all, equality would never have come to pass. Lyndon B Johnson was elected president on November 22, 1963 directly after the assassination of John F Kennedy, “the elevation of Lyndon B Johnson to the office of the president of the United States was impressively smooth”(Robert E. Gilbert, 761). Prior to his election Johnson was worked closely with the US government as a member of Congress, the US Navy, and as a US Senator.
He did this by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation after the North won the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves in the Confederate States, which led to the 13th amendment of the Constitution. It gave all people equal rights (“Elizabeth Raum”). Without this, slaves still may be present in America and people may not have the same rights they do now. Without Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, life would be different.
As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization, and he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that changed the war into a battle for freedom and declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. That November, Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, which stated how a country must be dedicated to human freedom in order to survive. He dedicated the battlefield to the soldiers who had perished, and called on the living to finish the task the dead soldiers had begun. (Donald, 1995) Lincoln believed that democracy could be a lasting form of government.
One the black soldier had fought for the Union, wrote Frederick Douglass, “there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right of citizenship in the United States.” Lincoln exhibited a remarkable ability to alter his attitudes according to circumstance. He became so sincerely admire black soldiers during the Civil War. June 1864, Lincoln called on the party to “put into the platform as the keystone, the amendment of the Constitution abolishing and prohibiting slavery forever.” The party promptly called for the Thirteenth Amendment. The proposed amendment passed in early 1865 and was sent to the states for ratification. Finally, the war to save the Union had also become the war to free
He signed the 13th Amendment, freeing all slaves. He also gave one of the most inspirational speeches of his time at Gettysburg. And along with his words, the country held together. I feel that President Abraham Lincoln kept this country together, without his leadership, our country would not be one solid nation, rather broken into separate ruled states. Although being assassinated on April 15, 1865, to me he is still the most important man in American history.
Though Davis led the South through dramatic changes, no change has ever had more importance than the abolishment of slavery. Both the North and the South gained knowledge from this horrid experience of war. Lincoln's achievements—saving the Union and freeing the slaves—and his martyrdom just at the war's end assured his continuing fame. Both men have made their historical marks due to their great deeds, and ways they both sacrificed their devotion to shape our country. I agree with most historians that Lincoln had qualities that made him a great American statesman.
The question is, was Abraham Lincoln America’s greatest president? I’m here to tell you I agree with Phillip Shaw Paludan, that he was America’s greatest president. Lincoln was an amazing person and had provided many legal rights and did great things for America’s government and people, but the most important thing he did for use was freeing slaves and in turn saving the Union and our nation, because without these things happening we would have been split into two. Lincoln did all these things without proper education and his personal and biblical believes. Abraham Lincoln left behind a legacy that would be forever be remembered, looked, and reflected upon.
The Emancipation Proclamation stated that “all persons held as slaves” in the states that rebelled against the Union, “are, and henceforward shall be free”. Although Abraham Lincoln was not re-elected for a second term he was still a great president, and the public approved of him. Historians talk very highly of him. He served from March 1, 1861, to April 15, 1865. He took into consideration what the public wanted.
In his Reconstruction plan he issued a blanket pardon to all southerners except important confederate figures who would have to personally meet with the pres... ... middle of paper ... ...nd stated that every person born in the United States was a citizen and had the right to the pursuit of happiness. The Freedman's Bureau was renewed in 1866 and continued to assist freedmen as they made a life for themselves. In 1866 The Fifteenth Amendment was passed by Congress and it granted suffrage to African Americans. Although equality was long coming, these laws laid the foundation of what America would become. The Civil War brought forth countless problems that begged to be solved through the complex web that was reconstruction.