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Abraham “Honest Abe” Lincoln: A President’s Personal SacrificesByMaria LeddenAP United States History 183Mr. RhoadesMarch 23, 2010OUTLINEIntroductionThesis: Lincoln always put the good of the Union before his own personal convictions.BackgroundI. Lincoln Wanted to save the Union by keeping it together.A. Lincoln was raised on both North and South land, and he understood the social and economic urgency to keep them united. B. In his government relations, Lincoln took special precaution to head off further insurrection.
II. Lincoln believed that slavery was morally wrong, but was willing to overlook it to save the Union.A.Lincoln grew up in a religious family that didn’t agree with slavery.B.He only freed slaves because he thought it was necessary to the good of the nation.C.He thought that slavery was against God’s law and human nature.III. The overall strategy during the Civil War was not to destroy the Confederates—just to cut off their resources.A.By replacing McClellan with Grant Lincoln moves for the offensive.B.The Union adopted the Anaconda Plan to slowly strangle the South and deprave it of its lifelines.C.The “Limited War” strategy was the original strategy of the North, but it became “total war” when the war was not going anywhere.Conclusion
Abraham “Honest Abe” Lincoln: A President’s Personal SacrificesAbraham Lincoln is generally acknowledged as one of the nation’s greatest presidents because he accomplished much during his presidency, especially concerning the Civil War. He put in his best effort to prevent the war from happening, and once the fighting began, he did everything in his power to stop it and to heal the broken nation. If Lincoln had not loyally believed in the Union through his presidency, America would not have healed as well as it had soon after Lincoln’s death. It was Lincoln’s dedication to his country and his optimism for the future that ensured the well-being of the nation, his highest priority. Lincoln always put the goodof the Union before his own personal convictions.Sometimes his policies worked along with his beliefs and sometimes they were complete contradictions, but he always chose what was better for the nation, not for himself. Lincoln’s first and foremost advantage was his gift of language and rhetoric. He was a public figure in whom a majority of people found reassurance. He had a natural way of appealing to his audience whether he was giving a campaign speech or entertaining a few guests at home.
He used to read on his own as a child, educating himself, and continued to do so in his adult life, reading about numerous subjects (Moore 15). “As he grew older, Lincoln sought opportunities to try new tasks and visit new areas,” a sense of adventure that could have easily been brought about by his family’s frequent moving and his curiosity fostered by reading (“Lincoln”, Gale).