Andrew Johnson became the President of the United States after the assassination of President Lincoln. Johnson stepped into office after the Civil War, which was a fragile time for the country. As president after the war, it was Johnson’s duty to assist in unifying the southern slave states and the northern rebellious population, as one country. This was a difficult task to complete, especially after the assassination of a former president who really helped in the Civil War and with slavery. Johnson tried to quickly restore the states in the Union, however his actions lead to a presidential impeachment.
My intention with this essay is to give a wider understanding on why the speech happened and just what impact it has had on the country. So what was the events leading up to the Speech held that morning in November 1963? In the year 1860, the republican presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office as the president of the United States. The northerner had been a loud voice against the slavery that took place (mostly) in the south and with him winning the election, there was a lot of opposition from slavery-advocates. Lincoln was against slavery and with the possibility of his end-goal being the abolishment of slavery seven states where already done leaving the union before Lincoln had taken his place in the Oval Office.
During his presidential reign, Abraham Lincoln experienced many difficulties along the way. While he was working to abolish slavery, the southern states, known as the Confederates, were rebelling and trying to secede from our nation. Impressively, Lincoln argued, "no state upon its own mere motion, can lawfully get out of the Union" (Paulsen 4). This quote from Lincoln 's inaugural address shows that he remained calm and handled their attempts in a professional manner. However, when I came to the lawfulness of the act of slavery, the Constitution had no rule against it.
Before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, the idea of freeing the slaves was a controversial topic between states. It was decided through an election in 1860, in which the electoral majority favors the freedom of slaves. Ultimately, it led to conflict between states and into the Civil War. During the Civil War, Lincoln primary goal was to preserve union and peace at first. However, later on
Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was probably best known for being the president of the Civil War but Lincoln played another big role as he also helped fuel the Civil War. He helped get this war started by speeking against slavery. Lincoln said slavery shouldn’t be abolished but excluded the territories. Because of what lincoln said this put southerners in a state of fear because if he were to win his election and slavery would be excluded from the territories that would mean that no new slave states could be added thus getting rid of slavery as a whole. Thanks to sectionalism Lincoln won his election with 180 electoral vote and 40 percent popular vote, and it was sectionalsim that helped Lincoln because he earned mostlty northern votes because
The president was in favor of the abolition of the slavery. This speech is a kind of exhortation to his nation. In it, Lincoln encourages his compatriots to continue with the war in order to save the union with the aim that the dead in this battle (about 43.000 in both sides) had some
When speaking of Abraham Lincoln, it is important not to neglect the idea of his use of an ethical process to make decisions. President Abraham Lincoln, a two-term president, would face one of his largest challenges in his terms when he made the decision to free the slaves to save the Union. Lincoln felt compelled to make this decision because he knew if he abolished slavery it would take a huge toll on the south, which caused numerous slaves to join the Northern armies. This would later be a great advantage to preserve the Union. A close examination of Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address and many other sources, helps one to understand what exactly influenced Abraham Lincoln’s ethical decision making process.
In 1796 George Washington gave his Farewell Address. Washington urged Americans to avoid excessive political party and geographical distinctions. George Washington was afraid that the parties would continue to grow seeking more power than other groups and eventually splitting the country in two. Washington was aware that other governments viewed political parties as destructive because of the temptation to manifest and retain power, but also because they would often seek to extract revenge on political opponents. So, in Washington’s Farewell Address warned the Americans to not have political parties and to be in union.
Being the second president he was left with big shoes to fill from George Washington. Congress and citizens of the United States had extremely high expectations for him. He legacy in modern history remains controversial. Adams is remembered for his positive impacts on America by peacefully avoiding war with Britain and France, despite the pressure he faced all around him. Perhaps if Adams decided to go to war the history of the United States would have been very different.
He said himself that he was disrupting the corruption and getting rid of it. Jackson then hired new people that weren’t trying to go against him. One of which was his friend from New York William L. Marcy. Of course there was the Indian removal the “trail of tears.” This was by far one of the most controversial things that any president has ever done in office. In fact Indian removal was so very important to President Jackson that he had to negotiate in Tennessee.
John Adams threatened to strip power from Congress so he could complete things he thought were best for the country if Congress didn’t agree with him. Every president has a certain agenda towards accomplishing things for the country during their time in office. It isn’t easy to follow those agendas though over the course of
Although Lincoln was elected by the Republican Party, Lincoln wanted to maintain involvement in the union throughout his presidency. In spite of his opponent Stephen Douglas strong follow, he was negated support due to his betraying history and states separated. Leading up to the secession from the union, where the confederate states of America were established by slave state such as Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Mississippi. However, Lincoln’s incoming was refused by the people due to the legitimacy of secession. In March 4th, 1861, Lincoln was inaugurated, triggering the secession of the Battle of Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
For example, on his vision to end slavery and foster freedom and equality, he signed the Abolition Act, issued the Emancipation Proclamation and pushed for the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment in the house. He also kept his potential rivals like McLean close, and sought their advice but still retained his autonomy in critical decisions regarding the nation. Moreover, he was also a great orator and some of his sayings are still cited to date. Lincoln was neither timid nor naturally cautious and took great risks, which eventually led to his assassination by the sympathizer of the south who felt offended by President’s broad anti-slavery and equality policies and actions. Though, resented by a few, Abraham Lincoln had earned his fully deserved reputation, ‘as the greatest president in the U.S history’.
Rebecca, I agree with your view on President Lincoln 's actions being revolutionary for the time. While Lincoln faced opposition to some of his beliefs a majority of his actions influenced the United States in the long term. I also agree that the Emancipation Proclamation was the greatest measure of his presidency. The Emancipation Proclamation was a decree that freed slaves in areas of rebellion if they were to fight in the war, which did not please everyone (Faragher,396). I really enjoyed your discussion over Lincoln 's cabinet it played a major role in the struggles of Lincoln 's presidency.
The proclamation also gave renewed purpose to Union Soldiers, who now saw their cause as abolition as well as the preservation of the union. The European powers to withdraw support for the confederacy. The Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War. The African American was allowed to join the armed forces and by the end of the war nearly 200,000 would honorably serve. Slavery was abolished on December 6, 1865, In the summer of 1862 President Lincoln first proposed the Emancipation Proclamation to his cabinet.