First speech - Martha Morales United States History I...

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Martha Morales United States History I Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from 1861 until he was assassinated in 1865. His election triggered the Southern secession. He successfully led the country through its biggest constitutional, military and political crisis which was the Civil War. His personal leadership was crucial in preserving the Union, which was one of his main goals, ending slavery and promoting both economic and financial reconstruction. Today, he is still one of the most important political figures in the United States history. In 1838, Lincoln was 28 years old and gave his first speech “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions.” During this time United States was facing a financial crisis that began a major depression that lasted six years, the Panic of 1837 . It was the largest financial depression the nation had ever experienced. The Panic was caused by the failure of payment of debt in excess of $1 million by a cotton broker in New Orleans. This quickly affected everybody, including the working people as well as the rich. These events stimulated the political conflicts that added religious reforms that drove Americans to improve their society. But not everything had to be so negative, the good news were introduction of the railroads, telegraphs and printing presses. . In “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions” is evident that Lincoln is very annoyed by the outrages committed by the mobs and their laws.

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