Lincoln Paper

Lincoln Paper - Clint Deskins If someone were to pull a...

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Clint Deskins If someone were to pull a five dollar bill or a penny out of their pocket they would see the face of a man. This face would be recognized by any person with common sense as Abraham Lincoln. Sadly this is the only knowledge some people have of Lincoln, and possibly the knowledge of that Lincoln served as President of the United States. However, other people might know that Lincoln served as the sixteenth president of the United States whose term occurred during the Civil War, and as a President who in the end helped mend a broken nation as well free a people that had been enslaved for hundreds of years. By the end of his presidency Lincoln was known mostly as an abolitionist due to his emancipation of the slaves, but Lincoln’s views towards slavery had not always been this way. Throughout Lincoln’s political career at both the state and national level, his opinion on slavery changed greatly. As this paper continues it will go in further detail and discussion of Lincoln’s changing views on slavery and possibly provide an explanation for his changing opinion. A brief history of Lincoln’s life will also be provided. Following the discussion of Lincoln’s changing opinions on slavery my personal opinion will be provided to show how I feel on the subject. The following information is taken from a short autobiography Lincoln wrote and is in a book of his selected speeches and writings edited by Michael P. Johnson. On February 12, 1809 a child was born and given the name Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln who were both originally from undistinguished families in Virginia. Lincoln was named after his grandfather who was killed by Indians when his father was only the age of six. When Lincoln turned eight his parents moved to present day Spencer county, Indiana where he grew up until the age of twenty one when he moved to Illinois. When Lincoln begins his schooling in Indiana he re-accounts the fact that there were some so called
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schools but there was no qualification to be a teacher. Lincoln says that the only thing that was important in education at the time was “readin, writin, and cipherin to the Rule of Three.” As Lincoln aged he gained little knowledge through his education. Lincoln was raised on farm work
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