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According to a survey taken on factmonstercom America has labeled Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents As most of us learn in our primary education Lincoln is responsible for freeing the slaves Celebrated as the Great Emancipator he is widely regarded as a backer of black freedom who supported social equality of the races and who fought the American Civil War to free the slaves While it is true that Lincoln regarded slavery as an evil and harmful institution it is also true as this paper will show that he shared the conviction of most Americans of his time and of many prominent statesmen before and after him Lincoln really wasnt opposed to slavery he did not believe blacks should vote or serve on juries and he thought blacks should be colonized in other countries With the societal conditions of the time any president elected by popular vote would have taken the same actions as Lincoln did towards the emancipation of blacks Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 near Hodgenville Kentucky the son of Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln pioneer farmers At the age of two he was taken by his parents to nearby Knob Creek and at eight to Spencer County Indiana The following year his mother died In 1819 his father married Sarah Bush Johnston a kindly widow who soon gained the boys affection Lincoln grew up a tall lanky youth who could hold his own in physical contests and also showed great intellectual promise although he had little formal education In 1831 after moving with his family to Macon County Illinois he struck out on his own taking cargo on a flatboat to New Orleans Louisiana where he stayed for a short time He then returned to Illinois and settled in New Salem a short-lived community on the Sangamon River where he split rails and clerked in a store He gained the respect of his fellow townspeople
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