Abraham Lincoln, What Were His actions that influences us?

i need this for my essay that is due tommorww!! pleasse

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Always it's the Emancipation Proclamation. This document did not, and was never intended to, free any slaves!

    Lincoln saved the country. He prevented it's fragmentation into two nations. Isn't saving the country the greatest act of any President? What more do you want from the man?

  • 1 decade ago

    Lincoln was the president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation which abolished the practice of slavery. Soon afterward the southern states, who relied on slavery for their largely agrarian economy, seceded from the Union, starting the American Civil War. The war lasted from 1861 to 1865 and resulted in the deaths of millions of Americans - the largest death toll of American wars - as it was fought entirely by Americans. Lincoln was steadfast in his convictions to end slavery which he viewed as a moral evil; winning the war was key to achieving this goal.

    He viewed the US a country destined for greatness - but could only achieve this through it's unity. He was also very troubled by the death and suffering on both sides of the war. Indeed, he greatly desired a reconciliatory restoration to the Union - he held no grudge against the south. He articulated these beliefs in his Gettysburg Address - "...shall not perish from the earth."

    If you're writing an essay, you should read the Gettysburg Address - it's short and one of the most famous speeches in American history.

    In summary, what influence did Lincoln have on us? - we remained a unified country and thus capable to grow into the nation we are today. Had we remained broken in pieces, the path history took may be very different today - could we have won WWI and WWII, the Cold War, etc...?

  • 1 decade ago

    Emancipation Proclamation, went to war with the south, and won the war with the south

    Source(s): BA in history
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