Abraham Lincoln: The Heroes of the Gettysburg Address
The ideas that anybody can influences society about positively as looking for an opportunity to bring the world together, Abraham Lincoln, who may be the role of the 19th century hero as performing complicated goals on abolishing slavery and sacrificing his life for the country. Lincoln was a leader who rose above negative influences and delivered positive differences in every life that he served. It has been an account that Lincoln has involved society with his achievements and views; however, his view provides people with positive impacts. Abraham Lincoln reflected society as the 16th president of the United States; a civilized man who stood out for his strong ideas in the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, and the perfection of the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln believed in the freedom given to all Americans by the Declaration of Independence and gave himself knowledge to think and makes a difference. Ultimately, his thinking resulted in freeing the slaves continues to inspire all ethnic groups in America. His actions left a lasting impression in our society as setting the establishment in true and permanent freedom for the people of the United States. Such leader deserves the respect and tributes along with a sense of pride in his work. For this, he will forever be remembered as one of the most influential people of all time.
Probably the most important elements of a positive impact occurred two hundred years ago. When election time rolled around, pre-elected president Lincoln had won by a unanimous decision. “At that time, Lincoln was the leader at the Illinois legislature. His' experiences helped sharpened his political skills, made him more skilled in debate and great in the art of political maneuvering” (Fenton 60). This would make Lincoln even more successful in politics. When President Lincoln decided to opposes slavery, he motivated groups of people to follow his order to achieve goals that would help changes the world. Lincoln opposed slavery, but he favored lawful ways of achieving it's devastatingly. Throughout Lincoln's career, opposing slavery had been a challenge. As a leader, he continued to maintain his doubt against slavery. Lincoln began with many questions such as, “why the many slaves sold were African, if it has nothing to do with race?” “What happened to America as being the home of the free, if these people didn't have the God given right to do what they wanted?” (Norton 1996). Lincoln's questions stirred up many conflicts in civilization. Soon after, Lincoln scheme called for the Emancipation Proclamation which later was filed to Congress and pushed further to complete abolishing slavery. This led to many slaveholders to disagree although it has stopped slavery from continuing for most states.
Furthermore, Lincoln has provided a mass communication with the country about the anti-slavery. Lincoln's willing on managing the long battle as later in his career as presidency. “A year later, the Civil War had been declared against the southern states. This Civil War came about because seven states in the south continued slavery. Eventually the north defeated the south, and slavery were then abolished” (Fenton 62). However, the Emancipation Proclamation was finally enacted, but it only helps diminish the slavery temporarily. In addition, Abraham Lincoln made a differences in the world issuing the Emancipation Proclamation was making the Civil War a final ending for slavery. “The timing of the Proclamation was used to boost the moral cause of the Union and to free the slaves, but not all slaves were let loose until the 13th amendment was enacts” (Fenton 61). At the moment, Emancipation Proclamation was proclaiming to free slaves in confederate states where only few states were aware of the situation. During that time, there were neither televisions nor radio to report news. It took years before people actually realized what was happening. Sadly, the event has caused his life to end.
After Abraham Lincoln died, his 13th amendment was finally enacted. The amendment gave the freedom to the slaves. The differences between the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment were that the Emancipation Proclamation did not actually free slaves nor in fact ends slavery. It was the end of that institution in the United States; however, if it wasn't for Lincoln, then the slavery might still continues. “Lincoln had many accomplishments in his career including the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, and the accomplishments as the 16th President of United States “(Norton, 1996). However, the 13th amendment was more serious because the amendment stopped the slavery from continuing. If Lincoln had not established the 13th amendment, then the world might still be a chance of slavery. America would be a bad place to be. People wouldn't want to come here, they would fear of becoming a slave, and America wouldn't be as powerful as it is. Thank God that Lincoln did abolished slavery so everyone that comes here would feel that America is a safe place of opportunity and freedom. Therefore, I believe this single act alone is one of the greatest acts in history. Truly in making American's Declaration of Independence a truthful documentation.
Eventually, Lincoln was an influenced person as about working successfully as a president. He has influence others in a positive way by broadening and developing the range that help not only our country but also others as well. He was universally revered that he sometimes seems as much of a president for the world as for his own country. President Lincoln had captured the hearts and minds of many people in the nation with his Gettysburg Address. “Lincoln invoked the principles of human equality espoused by the American's Declaration of Independences and redefined the Civil War as a struggle not merely for the Union, but as “a new birth of freedom” that would bring true equality to all of its citizen” (McNamara, 2010). The importance of the Gettysburg Address in the history of the United States is underscored by the presence of the American culture. It has remained the most famous speech in American History.
"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. “- Abraham Lincoln
“While giving the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, he was dedicating a cemetery but also renewing the Union's dedication to the cause it was fighting” (Durbin 13). It was brilliantly crafted and important study to remember as more of a part of that time in history. The purpose of the Gettysburg Address was used to referred to the events of the Civil War and described the ceremony at Gettysburg as “an opportunity not only to consecrate the grounds of a cemetery, but also to dedicate the living to the struggle to ensure that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” (Lincoln 2010). One of the reasons why Abraham Lincoln's Address was so effective was in part due to the audience to whom he spoke. “He was speaking in front of mostly white males from the North, who had either the same or similar beliefs as he had, which pertained to slavery” (Norton 1996). This speech helped Lincoln address not only the audience before him, but also the entire nation. Lincoln was trying to convince the audience that every man have their own rights. His approach captured the audience and made them believe in what he was saying. He spoke to the audience in a demanded way that he kept fighting to end slavery. His attitude made strongly by the techniques that he used while addressing Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Address was important in Lincoln's time, and it is remembered today as one of the greatest speeches in history.
In consideration, the idea that anybody could influence the world being a positive influence, yet Abraham Lincoln was the honorable person to positively influence human beings. Whether people of the past or the future, striving to make the world a better place, or volunteering for their own personal deeds, everyone shall looks back at Lincoln's accomplishment as an opportunities from just about setting their goals. Lincoln had provided helpful goal and constructed a long lasting relations among the people of our nation. Lincoln wrote the emancipation and changed almost every man's opinion of the war. He changed the world forever. If he wouldn't have lived we might still have slavery on Earth to this day. This proves how he was a great person, a great writer, and a savior to our country. These are some example of a positive influence to why Lincoln is to fulfill this most excellent role. Abraham Lincoln has all the credit for the freeing of the slaves and creating peace on the Earth between blacks and whites. By the virtue of the impact of the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation of Proclamation on today's society, Lincoln can be said to have been the most successful man of the nineteenth century. He accomplished all the goals that he set for himself and fulfilled the promises he made to his country. Reconstruction did not go as smoothly as it could have if Lincoln was alive. He was one of the greatest Presidents that the United States ever had and his accomplishments still continue to shape today's society.
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