Abraham Lincoln changed the world with his ideas and actions. Lincoln first appeared on the national scene in the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. In the debates, Lincoln spoke of the evils of slavery. He made it clear that he didn’t want it to spread. While Lincoln lost this election, it set him up for the presidency two years later in 1860.
When Lincoln was president, his actions made him famous and showed his brilliance. He didn’t attack the South at Fort Sumter. He made the Confederate leaders decide if they would attack. He didn’t allow Maryland to leave the Union when he arrested lawmakers who supported secession. He understood the need to end slavery but knew the timing had to be right. That is why he waited until 1863 to issue the Emancipation proclamation.
The Emancipation Proclamation was symbolic in nature. It freed the slaves in the South. However, since the South was not part of the Union, it had no effect in the South. However, it made it clear to the world that President Lincoln wanted slavery to end. It made it clear the United States was fighting, in part, to end slavery.
President Lincoln also skillfully ended the war. He knew the peace treaty with the South shouldn’t be too harsh. He understood the need for reconciliation and healing. This was another example of his leadership skills.
President Lincoln showed the world how to fight for what is right and how to stand up for what a person believes. He showed the world how to successfully achieve goals through skilled leadership and wise decision-making.