Abraham Lincoln's Impact On American Society

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Throughout the establishment of the United States, there have been 44 presidents whom the people elected. A particular number of these terms have been deemed as “legendary” from the accomplishment of the president and his overall impact on American society. From these presidents, the 16th has shown to be the embodiment of this legendary status. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, has achieved many accolades in his lifetime. He was our president during the Civil War, which was one of the bloodiest in history. This fact by itself emphasizes his worth as a president in being both a unifier and an overall leader. Mr. Lincoln’s vision of a more unified country encouraged him to make initiatives that helped to keep the union…show more content…
His work penetrates American life daily. The laws put in place by President Lincoln before and after the Civil War have, impact the interpretation of laws in today’s courts. Fundamental American ideals was expanded and redefined by his very words: “Nowhere in the world is presented a government of so much liberty and equality. To the humblest and poorest amongst us are held out the highest privileges and positions. The present moment finds me at the White House, yet there is as good a chance for your children as there was for my father's.” He wished to use this doctrine to keep the United States united. Through hardships and war, he achieved that goal. Despite extremely arduous tasks and personal tragedy, his dream of a greater United States of America is still alive after 150 years. Abraham Lincoln is larger than life both in stature and in the achievements he has reached. It would be appropriate then that the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was constructed and best shows this to be true. It emphasizes the gravity of what he has done. Lincoln has transcended death in American culture. He is simply an entity who watches over his country and, while he is not physically involved, his words coupled with the consequences of his actions have created a standard for being the ideal president and American. Thomas Craughwell knows best of Lincoln’s mark on history. Stealing Lincoln’s Body is a basic and probably the most fitting title for his book. His topic shows the reader from the beginning of the importance of the 16th president of the United States. A person’s body, let alone a president’s, was never stolen. Usually grave robbers took the belongings of corpses and not the corpses themselves. Craughwell told this story from the public and the people closest to Lincoln. This added so much depth to the situations revolving around the kidnapping of Lincoln’s body. The actions of the Lincoln Guard of Honor
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