"Whenever I hear anyone arguing over slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on
him personally." Abraham Lincoln was always against slavery. He claimed the nickname,
"Honest Abe", because he always spoke what was on his mind, especially when it came to
slavery. His speeches about slavery are what helped him win the election for president. Abraham
Lincoln was a dreamer, because he grew up protesting against slavery and before he was
assassinated, he ended slavery.
Abraham Lincoln's childhood was full of disappointments. His parents were Nancy
Hankses and Thomas Lincoln. Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, in Hodgeville,
Kentucky, on a farm (Donald 22). Lincoln's sister, Sara, was the oldest, and his brother, Thomas,
died as an infant. Nancy Hankses died when Lincoln was only ten years old. His dad remarried
when she died to Sara Johnston. Abraham Lincoln taught himself, because his family was not
Lincoln's family was different. Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd, was considered to be mentally
unbalanced. She gave birth to four boys: Thomas, William Wallace, Robert Todd, and Edward.
Thomas died at eighteen. William was the only president's child to die in the White House.
Robert became a lawyer and diplomat. Edward died at age three. They never had any girls.
Lincoln had different careers before he became president. He was a wrestler, a lawyer, a
Whig representative, and in the military. He won all, but two times, when he fought as a wrestler.
Lincoln was the lawyer for the famous Dred Scott case. Lincoln left the Whigs to form the
Republicans after the Kansas-Nebraska Act (Abraham, Biography Channel). In 1832, Lincoln
was enlisted in the Black Hawk War and was elected as captain.
On November 6, 1860, Lincoln won the election with 40% of the popular votes and
became the first Republican to become president. Republicans were against slavery, while
Confederates wanted slavery. Lincoln worked hard on removing slavery and he wanted to get a
law passed by congress. Finally, on January 31, 1865, Congress passed the 13th Amendment
which abolished slavery in the United States. On March 4, 1861, Lincoln gave his first Inaugural
Address speech. He stated, "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine,
is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you......." (Abraham, The
Lincoln was chief in the Civil War. The Civil War was in 1861-1865 and was between
the North and South states. The Civil War was not only based on slavery, but was