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Abraham Lincoln - Essay 10

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Civics
October 29, 2010
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteen president of the United States. He was in office from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. After Lincoln’s election southerners who were democrats feared that the republicans would control the majority of the votes, so that the democratic votes would not count. Lincoln faced the greatest internal crisis of any U.S Presidency which was several states seceding from the union. Another thing that Lincoln did when he was in office was put together an army and fought to save the union in a civil war.
When in office Lincoln got a lot of threats from mostly the southerners who hated what Abraham Lincoln stood for. On January 1, 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. What the Emancipation Proclamation was is Lincoln’s declaration of freedom for all slaves in areas of the confederacy not under union control. On November 19, 1863, Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, which dedicated the battlefield at Gettysburg to the Union Soldiers who had died there. He called the living to finish the war that the dead soldiers had begun.
Another thing that Lincoln did during his term in office was

Lincoln’s support for the Homestead Act allowed poor people in the East to obtain land in the West so new settlements could be set up. This act decreased crowding in the East. The act also made it easier for people to come to the U.S. from foreign countries.
Lincoln also signed legislation entitled the National Banking Act, which established a national currency for the whole country, not a different kind of money for each state like there used to be. It also provided for the creation of a network of national banks. Before this act, each state had its own currency and banks. This act is still in effect to this day. In addition to the National Banking Act, Lincoln signed tariff legislation that offered protection to large industries in the U.S. and signed a bill that chartered...

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