Was Abraham Lincoln's Explanations Justifiable Or Were They Off-Base?

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Do you remember the man etched into the American penny? That man, put on the smallest form of payment, is one of the greatest presidents ever to take office. President Abraham Lincoln did many great deeds during his presidency including leading the movement of the Civil War. Afterward, Lincoln gave one of his most famous speeches the “Gettysburg Address” in which he explained his basis for starting the Civil War. Were his explanations justifiable or were they off-base? Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. His father moved the family to Indiana where Abraham’s mother died when he was only 9 years old. This resulted in Abraham and his sister taking care of most of the work on their farm and gave…show more content…
This sparked an interest in politics and soon he announced his candidacy for state legislature which he won his second time running. Abraham was reelected for several terms until he retired in 1841, where he pursued an interest in law. He created a successful practice in field of law before he set his sights back on the corrupted world of politics. Lincoln made minor impacts in the political world before he ran for the GOP position. Soon, on March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States. (Landis, Bess. "Abraham…show more content…
Gettysburg was the battlefield that had the largest number of casualties in which Lincoln wanted to dedicate as a “final resting place” to all the fallen soldiers. In his speech, Lincoln explained why the Civil War was necessary and that the country was made so that all men were created equal. This, however, is not how the country was being governed and it must change. Lincoln expressed that the soldiers should be given great honor for all they have fought. He continues to say that the real dedication is to the people who still remain. They must fight and devote themselves to the cause for which the fallen soldier gave their lives. ("The Gettysburg Address." The Battle of

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