It is not easy to become a leader, but it is more difficult to become a successful and respected leader. In American history, there are many presidents, such as George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, George Walker Bush, and current president, Barack Hussein Obama; among them there are successes and failures. Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents of America. During his tenure, he led the United States won the Civil War, safeguard national unity. In addition, he also issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolition of slavery. Under Lincoln’s leadership and his strong beliefs, he made great contributions to push forward the development of American society and got the respect by most of the American people.
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. When he was 23 years old, he began his political career and elected the state congressman. In 1860, Lincoln ran for president, and received the full support of the northern states. However, he did not get any support from the southern states because of he opposed to slavery. Fortunately, he used his brilliant speaking skill and advocate restrictions and the abolition of slavery. Finally, he defeated Stephen Douglas and became the president of United States.
Lincoln’s childhood life was not plain sailing. He was born in a not very wealthy family. His mother died when he was 9 years old and his family kept moving around. He had only 18 months of non-formal education, lost his jobs for 11 times, and 2 times of business failure. But he did not give up. He studied more and more. Through the diligent studied of himself, he
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became a knowledgeable and full of wisdom. He became a lawyer in 1836 and started his own successful career. Unfortunately, efforts will not always succeed. He lost cases with his lawyer career and the opportunity to become the republican vice presidential nominee; and he failed in the post of United States Senate. After all those tough experiences, he still insisted his strong belief. Finally, he won the election and became one of the greatest presidents in the history of America. .
Lincoln was best known for his responsibility and faith. He took his job as president very seriously. At the night when he knew he had won the election, he said, “I went home, but not to get much sleep, for I then felt as I never had before, the responsibility that was upon me” (McPherson 28).
Besides that, he opposed slavery and believed it was a morally evil. Although the people who at southern states strongly opposed, he still made a big decision that was abolition of slavery. Even as president, he was still being questioned of his decision and colleagues of the accused. He also had his doubts, defeats, and setbacks. With his firmly faith, he moved a nation and helped to free black people.
There was a civil war during Lincoln’s tenure, it was a large scale civil war in America. Under the political situation by then, Lincoln was elected president and his policy greatly undermined the interests of the southern slave-owners, because their personal interests and personal slavery was related. Then 11 southern slave states split from the United States and
formed the Confederate States of America. Eventually, the United States refused to recognize this country, but when the southern government began an armed rebellion, the northern government was forced to fight and America has begun the Civil War.
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At the beginning of the war, the north was defeated because the sudden attack from the southern. But Lincoln did not give up. He blocked all of the main ports from southern to combat the economy in southern United States. Blockade caused the shortage of food and other supplies. It leads to hyperinflation and food riots in the south. Then he opposed that use of force to resolve the war. He said “There will be no bloodshed unless it be forced upon the Government. The Government will not use force unless force is used against it’’ (Boritt 21).
But it was still a difficulty to win the war although he has already minimized the bloodshed. McPherson said that the Civil War made a large and destructive damage. There were more than 620,000 of soldiers and sailors died in the struggle (McPherson 34).
Finally, they won the war because of the strategic and economic advantages of northern. Because of the war, many farms and towns were destroyed. This had caused tremendous property damage and gave the people a long term trauma.
After the Civil War, whether Southerners and Northerners; hearts were full of hatred and anger. But Lincoln was a man who could forgive. He emphasized the importance of forgiving the southerners. He said ‘’I am a patient man-always willing to forgive in the Christian terms of
repentance; and also give ample time for repentance’’ (Boritt 52).
He has committed to reconciliation and rally the country. Because he knew that if people retaliated to others, the South will eventually split into another country. This is different with his belief which maintains the unity of United States. In fact, forgave those who bring the betrayal and painful injury is far from easy. This attitude of Lincoln’s suffered the opposition of northerners and his political part. But many northerners do not agree with his views. Because of lack of understanding and blessing, he felt the heart has no peace. But his faith had not wavered. Luckily, many people’s views have changed by times.
The other big thing he did when he was president was abolish of slavery. His parents were uneducated farmers and belonged to a church which was against slavery, so he had affected by this emotional impact. At the beginning, he did not totally oppose the slavery. But one time he went to a big town and saw that a black slaves suffered by inhuman treatment. He determined if given the chance, slavery must be abolished. He had said many times that he considered slavery ‘’a social, moral, and political wrong…. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong’’ (McPherson 45).
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He believed that all men are created equal. He believes that ‘‘no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent’’ (Fornieri 8).
In 1862, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This proposed law was only liberation a small part of slaves, but it was helpful for eventual abolition of slavery in America. Besides that, this declaration not only
disintegrated rebel army military strength, the northern also received strong military manpower. The black soldier was one of the reasons to won the war. Because the northern advocates the liberation of slaves, a big number of slaves volunteered to fight their own freedom, so Lincoln wrote that ‘’keep it, black soldiers, and you can save the Union. Throw it away, and the Union goes with it’’ (Boritt 13).
Lincoln was re-elected the United States president in 1864. But before he starts his big policy, he died. He was assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth who was a strong supporter of slavishness. Lincoln is the first president who was assassinated in history.
Abraham Lincoln life was full of hardships and frustrations, but he had strong belief is the government should ‘’of the people, by the people, for the people’’ (Boritt 1).
He opposed black slavery and led the American won the Civil War He got success. He is a hero. People miss his integrity, kindness, and a strong personality. He had achieved immortality.
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Thesis statement: Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents of the United States. When he was president, there was a Civil War in American. His political decisions won the war and eventually liberated all the slaves.
A. The 16th U.S. president
B. How he get success
C. His strong faith
II. Civil War
A. What he did in the war
B. The damage to people and economics from the war
C. How his faith to solve the problem after war
III. Other achievement
A. Won the war
B. Liberated slaves
C. A hero in most of the people
December 8, 2011