Abraham Lincoln: America's Greatest President - Abraham...

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Abraham Lincoln: America’s Greatest PresidentThe nation has turned on itself. The North and the South are deeply divided, on the brink of destruction. Our country as we know it has split in two; the South is fighting to defend its freedom to be recognized as sovereign while the North is in effort to keep our nation together. The deterioration of America has come, conflicted over the debating issues of slavery in our so-called “land of the free.” This is what Abraham Lincoln walked into before he was inaugurated into office after winning the election of 1860 to become the United States’ 16th president. He became elected during the most devastating experience in our nation’s history: the Civil War. However, through the difficult challenges he faced, he sought to preserve the Union and abolish slavery, all while becoming one of America’s greatest presidents of all time. Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in Kentucky. He was raised in a small cabin on a farm in Hardin County by a poor but very humble family. Since a young age, Lincoln had been faced with extreme accounts of adversity. His mother, Nancy Lincoln, died when he was the age of nine. He receivedminimum education, as his formal schooling was limited to three brief periods at local schools because he had to support his family on the farm. He had to teach himself about law and politics, and by his earlytwenties, Lincoln had became the first self taught lawyer and legislator in Illinois. His past put him at a disadvantage compared to other contenders he had to run against, as he did not have a good name or strong reputation to back himself up with when running for positions in office; everything he had, he hadmade for himself. He lost numerous elections when he first started out for a seat in the House of Representatives, then for legislator, and then again for Senate, but he didn’t let those bring him down as

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