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Abraham Lincoln Critical Biography - An Icon of Western Civilization

Uploaded by crazybowl1 on Apr 23, 2002

Slavery- n. - The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household; A condition of subjection or submission characterized by lack of freedom of action or of will. (www.dictionary.com)

This is one of the most important issues that Abraham Lincoln has to face and overcome during his strenuous presidency. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth president of the United States, entered office at a critical period in U. S. history, just before the Civil War, and showed, through the theme of anti-naturalism, the evolution from the country-bumbkin hero living in the lower class society of the South to the President fighting historical battles on the issues of slavery and secession.

In his early years, we learn of Abe Lincoln’s childhood, full of poverty, as he was surrounded low-class society. Living in this pioneering family, Abe Lincoln wasn’t given a good opportunity at a healthy education, cultural activities, and communicating with the society around him. However, Abe doesn’t let these restrictions shield him from the true life he wants to lead. Early in life, Abe’s cousin stated, "He’ll never come to much."(Carl Sandburg, Abe Lincoln Grows Up, page34) Abraham proved this statement very wrong when he "outran" his predestination and became a great figure in American history. Abraham grew up quickly under the guidance of his father, Thomas Lincoln, and his two mothers, Nancy Hanks and Sarah Bush Johnston. These three role models, as well as his surroundings, had a great influence on his life. One aspect of Abe that shows his true determination and drive to make a difference in his lifetime, is his yearning for a good education, which he himself provides.

Abe matured fast, and made his way into manhood. He took on an active and contemplative lifestyle. He soon took the form of a country-bumbkin hero resembling Paul Bunyan. Abe began working as a ferryman for Offut, and during which uncovered one of the biggest obstacles of his life. It was during Abe’s ferry trip to New Orleans when he saw his first slave-auction. This was a major turning point in Abe’s life due to the fact that it opened up his eyes to the world around him and put that goal for change into his mind. Abe showed his emotions towards slavery when he said, "If I ever get a chance to hit that thing, I'll hit it hard."(Grolier: Encyclopedia Americana) This line proves...

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Date:   04/23/2002

Category:   American Presidents

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