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Lincoln Movie Essay (Extra Credit)

  • Submitted by: mschelsea34
  • on April 16, 2015
  • Category: History
  • Length: 525 words

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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States during one of the most memorable periods in American history, the Civil War. The Civil War shaped the United States as we know it today. The Civil War, which was also known as “The War Between the States”, was fought between the Northern states and the Southern states. At this time, the Northern States were known as the United States of America and the Southern States were known as the Confederate States of America. The Confederate States was a collection of eleven southern states, which were South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, and Arkansas.
When the Civil War began, President Abraham Lincoln's goal was to restore the Union. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863. It was a document granting freedom to all slaves, but not all slaves were immediately set free. The Emancipation Proclamation had limitations. First, it only freed the slaves in the Confederate States that were not under Union control. There were some areas and border states where still legal, but were part of the Union. The slaves in these states weren’t immediately freed. For the rest of the Southern states, the slaves would not be free until the Union was able to defeat the Confederacy. Eventually, the Emancipation Proclamation did set millions of slaves free. It also made clear that all slaves should and would be set free.
The Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for the Thirteenth Amendment. The 13th Amendment was an amendment that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. The 13th amendment was passed at the end of the Civil War before the Southern states had been restored to the Union and should have easily passed the Congress. Although the Senate passed it in April 1864, the House did not. At that point, Lincoln took an active role to ensure passage through congress. He insisted that passage of the 13th amendment...

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