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What is Abraham Lincoln's impact on the present?The whole question is "What is Abraham...

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norapayne29 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM via web

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What is Abraham Lincoln's impact on the present?

The whole question is "What is Abraham Lincoln's impact on history, from past to present" and I am having trouble on how he has impacted the present. thanks!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 3, 2012 at 6:55 PM (Answer #1)

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What you should think about first is how Lincoln's actions in the Civil War and with regard to slavery have shaped the country that we now have.  By saving the Union and freeing the slaves, Lincoln shaped our modern world.  He ensured that we would be one country and that we would have a more just system of race relations.

You can also think about how Lincoln affects how we think of ourselves and our country.  He helps allow us to see ourselves as a moral country that would fight to free the slaves.  He helps to allow us to see ourselves as a country in which a farmer's son who grew up in a log cabin could become one of the most important men in history.

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