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Alessandra Ricciardi March 3, 2009

Abraham Lincoln

There were many ways that President Abraham Lincoln helped


America become a free and united country. One way he helped
America is by issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln also
helped America become a free and united country by saying his
famous speech, the Gettysburg Address. One last reason why
Abraham Lincoln helped America is because he was a great leader
who helped the Union win the Civil War and help end the institution
of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was one of the greatest Americans of
all time.

c One of Lincoln·s most important decisions was issuing the


Emancipation Proclamation. According to document four, the
Emancipation Proclamation gave African-Americans freedom from
slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation states that African-
Americans could now get paid for working, they could join the
army, and it finally said that the Fugitive Slave Law, which
allowed fugitive slaves to be returned back to their owners, was
no longer in action. The Emancipation Proclamation was one of
the most important laws Abraham Lincoln ever issued but it
wasn·t the only thing he did to help America become a free and
united country.
Many didn·t think that the Emancipation Proclamation was an
immensely important law, but Abraham Lincoln did a lot of other
things that helped America. Another way Lincoln helped America
was by speaking his famous Gettysburg Address speech after the

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Gattle of Gettysburg. Document three states that Abraham
Lincoln wanted the United States to have freedom and equality
between all people. This document also says that Lincoln didn·t
want the United States to split apart because of the Civil War.
The Gettysburg Address speech made the Union more determined
to fight. If the Union didn·t fight any longer, the United
States might not have freedom or equality, even today. Lincoln·s
Gettysburg Address speech might not have been long, but it had
a powerful affect on many people.
The Civil War eventually ended and the Union won the war
but they couldn·t have done it without Abraham Lincoln as their
leader. As described in document one, Lincoln came from a poor
family and got little education as a child but that didn·t stop him
from accomplishing important events all through America·s
history. This document states that Abraham Lincoln was a
heroic leader who led the Union to victory in the Civil War and
ended slavery in America. He was viewed as the greatest
American who held the nation together through its worst crisis.
c Personally, I believe that Abraham Lincoln was a great
man who helped make this country·s men equal. Without Lincoln,
Our country would probably still be segregated and the United
States would still be fighting over slavery and every other
difficulty that started the ruthless Civil War. Abraham Lincoln
was a hero and he will forever be remembered for what he has
done to help the United States become a free and united
country.

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