Abraham Lincoln. The Great Emancipator by David P. Press

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Delivered a moving, historic speech before 200,000 people, black and white. ” As a man and a politician, Abraham Lincoln had his share of flaws. He battled depression. He never felt comfortable in the company of women. C. A close look at the back of a penny will reveal the statue of Lincoln sitting inside the building! 57 Abraham Lincoln idea of convincing free blacks and freed slaves to move to colonies outside the United States. Nonetheless, most historians recognize Lincoln as a man who did not fail because of his flaws, but who triumphed in spite of them.

From June 1862 to June 1863, no fewer than five different generals led the Union Army of the Potomac, on the eastern front. On the western front, Lincoln’s luck in choosing generals who were decisive and capable leaders was nearly as bad. The possibility grew that the military superiority of the rebel forces might be enough to force the Union to sign a treaty recognizing the Confederate States as an independent nation. By the summer of 1862, Lincoln knew something had to be done. To Save the Union From the start of the war in April 1861, the Confederates were fighting primarily to preserve the institution of slavery.

The secession of the first seven states posed an immediate challenge to Lincoln’s presidency. On April 12, 1861, a little more than a month after Lincoln’s inauguration, the situation became even more alarming. S. S. forces abandon the fort. When the Union commander refused to abandon Fort Sumter, the Confederate army attacked. Two days later, Union soldiers surrendered the fort. Although there were no soldier casualties on either side, with this battle, Flags of the Union the Civil War had begun.

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