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Park 1Noel ParkProfessor LimHistory 10818 December 2012Lincoln’s Impact on the USA during the Civil WarIn the history of the United States there have been many presidents. These presidents have both done harm and good to this country. This nation today is formed by the efforts of all of the presidents and is stilling growing to benefit the public. There have been many revolutionary presidents and one of them would have to be President Abraham Lincoln. As president, Lincoln accomplished many goals and set new goals that he strived to accomplish. As president, Lincoln strived to devote his life to impact the world of slavery. At first Lincoln’s views of blacks was very discriminating and this could have been because in America everyone looked down upon slavery. Later during his presidency Lincoln found that slavery was a very heartless thing to do to humans. The main problem that Lincoln had to face was keeping the nation together even though they didn’t agree on the views of slavery. On December 20, 1860 seven states including, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas, seceded from the Union.1A little later on April 17, 1861, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina seceded from the Union and thus made an eleven state country, separate from the Union, called The Confederate States of America.2In the end Lincoln reigned victorious because of his determination and leadership. From this war Lincoln’s presidency can be viewed as highly 1 Thomas J. DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln(New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003), 33.2 DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln, 33.
successful in that he preserved the Union. President Lincoln used the Civil War as a gadget to alter and repair the disagreements of the American people on the issue of slavery. To keep the country together Abraham Lincoln sought to protect what he thought was right. Lincoln believed that it was his duty as president to keep the country together.3He believed that the blacks and the whites all together were a part of his country and that slavery was bad because it made the blacks seem lesser in worth.4In Lincoln’s debates with Stephen Douglas he expressed his view that whites were superior to blacks. This did not show that he sympathized with the blacks. This view on slavery changed when he experienced many personal relationships with blacks.5He came to know that blacks were human too. He learned that the blacks dealt with the same things as whites and that they thought the same way as whites. Because his view on blacks changed he worked hard to free the slaves from bondage.6To free the slaves of the Confederacy Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was one of the most important documents that took a step toward freedom for the slaves. Even though this act did not free the slaves exactly, it was an important step towards the abolition of slavery.

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