Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States, Lincoln presided over the great American conflict called the Civil War. That conflict was driven by a core contradiction in the fabric of the Republic - the goals of freedom and liberty of the Founding Fathers, and the practice of slavery. The contradiction could not stand, and Lincoln took the course he was charged with - protecting the Union.

Those trying times still lead to many arguments today - but two things can be said without disagreement: he ended the evil of slavery, and kept the Union together.

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
The Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

(photo of Abraham Lincoln from the Library Of Congress)

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