Even if you’re not American, the name of Abraham Lincoln must’ve slipped into your radars sooner or later. Many Americans still to this day, regard their 16th president as one of the greatest patriots in US history. Even though his roots were humble, he still became one of the most inspiring and influential leaders in world history.
This article will be going through the legacy of this great patriot alongside his contribution to American democracy.
1. Abraham Lincoln, a Protruding figure
In the year 1809, President Lincoln was born into a poverty-stricken family in the state of Kentucky. Before his presidency, Lincoln only possessed military experience after fighting in the Black Hawk War in 1832.
That was also the year he started his political career by failing to gain a seat in the Illinois Assembly. He was later presented with that seat in 1834. This man revolutionized American democracy so much that he is now immortalized on Mt. Rushmore as one of the four most significant presidents in American history.
2. The Historical Changes Made by Abe Lincoln
The main point that made President Lincoln as prominent as he is today is his historical decisions as president. During his early life, he was extensively exposed to the almost inhumane life the then-slaves had to lead. This exposure lead to and influenced his political beliefs to a heavy extent.
So, when the residents of the US were split upon their decision/opinions on slavery, Lincoln came into play. He represented his humongous loathing of slavery. This opinion of his added to the people’s beliefs of him as one of the greatest presidents in US history.
In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was established as a President of the United States. After two years of constant toiling, he was finally able to establish The Emancipation Proclamation. Issued in 1863, this act declared that all slaves as free. This applied to the slaves in the Confederate territory. Thus, slavery was eradicated from America under the influence of a glorious leader.
3. The Relevancy of Lincoln’s Opinions in the Modern World
It’s indisputable that President Lincoln left a heavy mark on those around him. So, even after his death and the subsequent end of his presidency, people still carried on his ideals. These ideals were later imprinted upon the mindset of the presidents that were yet to come.
Lincoln’s main focus was his commitment to equal rights and just laws that are fair to all regardless of race, caste, and creed. All humans would want to be treated equally, nonetheless.
Therefore, the influence of his ideals is still undoubtedly relevant to this day. That just goes on to signify the glory and legacy of this outstanding leader.
President Abraham Lincoln’s ideals and beliefs should not only be followed by Americans alone but by citizens of all countries. We should learn at least something from the acts of patriotism of the 16th US president or even from his failures.
Although his mortality has confined him, his legacy shall live on forevermore because it is his actions that inspire the next generations to be patriotic and treat everyone with eyes of equality.