*At one time there were slaves in all the states, but gradually slavery was outlawed in the north.
The time had come to outlaw it in the whole country.
On stage comes Mr. Lincoln, a tall, very strong, brilliant man, who at his core knew slavery was wrong, and knew that the United States survival was based on Thomas Jefferson’s word “That all men are created equal” and that it was time for the United states to live up to these words.
Abolitionists had been fighting for years to end slavery. But in 1860 the time had come. Lincoln the republican candidate for president beat the pro-slavery candidate Stephen Douglas.
The Republican parties main platform was to end slavery. Now we had our first republican president. Now the real trouble started.
When Lincoln won the presidency the southern states were afraid he would try to end slavery. So they decided to leave the United states.
At first Seven states declared their secession before Lincoln took office on March 4, 1861: These states decided to start their own country, called the Confederate States of America
1. South Carolina (December 20, 1860)
2. Mississippi (January 9, 1861)
3. Florida (January 10, 1861)
4. Alabama (January 11, 1861)
5. Georgia (January 19, 1861)
6. Louisiana (January 26, 1861)
7. Texas (February 1, 1861)
7. (February 1, 1861)
After the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, and Lincoln’s subsequent call for troops on April 15, four more states declared their secession:
1. Virginia (April 17, 1861; ratified by voters May 23, 1861)
2. Arkansas (May 6, 1861)
3. Tennessee (May 7, 1861; ratified by voters June 8, 1861)
4. North Carolina (May 20, 1861)
Now we were really a country divided. And at war the Civil War!
The civil war was the bloodiest war the United States has ever fought. A war where American fought against American. The north against the south.
Mr. Lincoln started his presidency with a major war and a country split in two.
“I think Slavery is wrong, morally, and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.” –Abraham Lincoln1859
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
–April 6, 1859 Letter to Henry Pierce
On the question of liberty, as a principle, we are not what we have been. When we were the political slaves of King George, and wanted to be free, we called the maxim that “all men are created equal” a self evident truth; but now when we have grown fat, and have lost all dread of being slaves ourselves, we have become so greedy to be masters that we call the same maxim “a self evident lie.”
Lincoln Words. This year 2009 Abe Lincoln is or would be 200 years old. Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln
Seems like a good time to learn more about him.
To understand Abraham Lincoln you have to understand the times he comes from. The united states was growing westward and half of the county the south had legalized slavery the north states including California and Oregon did not.
To understand Lincoln you have to understand that in 1861 The united states was a country divided, The south was a farming agricultural land, that needed slave labor to survive. The north was fast becoming the maunufacturing capital of the world and did not need slaves but need workers to grow and reach it’s potential. The United states was a country Divided by how they made their living and divided on the issue of slavery.
Slavery with it basis in evil was the ability of one man to own another, the way you own a car, to treat the slave as it wanted, to make money from the slaves labor, to deny the person the most basic freedoms, had existed in the Americas since the British settled here. Slaves were brought from Africa to be owned and used at their masters will.