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...art by preserving the Union. His foreign policy kept European governments from intervening in the war. He abolished slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation and freed millions of people from enslavement in the South. He also signed into law the Homestead Act which allowed people to acquire land with little to no cost, the Morrill Act which designated certain parts of land for the building of colleges, and the National Bank Act which established the national banking system and developed a national currency backed by bank holdings of U.S. Treasury. Lincoln also laid down the stepping stone and guidelines to rebuild the war-torn country by forming plans on how to reintegrate the defeated Confederate states back into the Union. Lincoln was also genuinely liked by the majority of his citizens. Without Abraham Lincoln, who knows where our nation would be today.
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