Abraham Lincoln is arguably the second most famous president in the history of the United States. Well known for being 6'4 and gangly thin with a long beard, he was known as "Honest Abe" and was beloved by all of the country. He was a great antislavery leader and his assassination was one of the most tragic events in history.
He was born into a carpenter family on February 12, 1809. He was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. While he was a child, the family moved to Indiana. He went to the public school in both states, and in 1818, his mother died of milk sickness. Growing up, he was always interesting in learning and reading, though his father was just the opposite. After Lincoln's sister died in 1828, the family moved west to Illinois, where he stayed until 1837. A member of the Whig party, he ran for Illinois legislature in 1832 and failed. However, he ran again in 1834, 1836, 1838 and 1840 and was successful each time. Meanwhile, he also studied law and became a lawyer in 1836.
In 1842, he married Mary Todd, and over the course of their marriage they had four children. In 1846, Lincoln ran for a place in the United States House of Representatives, and won. He became well known in Washington for his opposition to slavery and the Mexican War. After his term, he returned to his law practice. His father died in 1851. He had since lost interest in politics, but his interest was renewed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. He became a republican and had received some support for the Republican vice-presidential nomination in 1856. The same year he gave his Lost Speech. Two years later he gave his famous House Divided Speech. He did not win the Senatorial race, but he did gain national recognition.
In November of 1860, he was elected the 16th President of the United States. After he was elected, Southern states that feared Republican control seceded from the Union. Faced with this great crisis, he decided to raise and army and fight to save the Union from falling apart. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. This freed all slaves, and was one of Lincoln's most famous actions as President. On November 19, 1863, he gave his very famous Gettysburg Address, which dedicated the battlefield to the soldiers who had lost their lives. He was also supportive of the Homestead Act. In 1864 Lincoln was reelected president, with Andrew Johnson as his running mate.
On April 14th, 1865, President Lincoln attended the play, Our American Cousin, at Ford's Theatre. During the performance, John Booth entered the theatre and shot Lincoln in the back of the head at about 10:15 PM. He was carried to the Peterson House where he died the next day. This first assassination in American History was not taken lightly. The nation mourned the death of this great leader. Lincoln was a man with great plans and a great heart, who know what more he may have accomplished had he not be murdered.
""Whenever I hear any one arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."-Abraham Lincoln
S- The subject of this quote is slavery. Abraham Lincoln was not silent about be anti-slavery, he was well known for speaking out against it since the beginning of his political career.
O- This was said in a Speech to One Hundred Fortieth Indiana Regiment in 1865.
A-His audience was to all of America. Those for and against slavery listened to the words of Abraham Lincoln and heard what he had to say about slavery.
P- His purpose was to make people think what it must be like to be a slave, Lincoln doesn't believe that those who are pro-slavery could possibly understand what it is like.
S- The speaker is President Abraham Lincoln, he was known for being a great orator, and a man of great morality and a man with a great heart. He often spoke out against slavery.
If Abraham Lincoln was alive today, I think he would be interested in watching any movie or documentary or reading a book on Martin Luther King, JR. I think he would enjoy this because Lincoln started the revolution for African American rights by abolishing slavery, and Martin Luther King continued to fight for rights for African Americans though it was many years later.
Though Abraham Lincoln would seem to be beloved by all, he obviously had enemies. John Booth strongly disliked everything that Lincoln had to say, which led to ultimately, his assassination. There were many other people who hated Lincoln's anti-slavery ideals, but no other hated him as much as Booth did.
"Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong."
Abraham Lincoln, a great American President.