What do you picture when you hear or see the name, Abraham Lincoln? For some of us, we think he is one of the best American Presidents and a hero. Others feel that he was a very evil man. We are all shaped and influenced by our families, friends, school, and culture where and when we were raised. You have to really ask yourself some honest questions. Did you grow up in the North or South? Are you religious or not so religious? What are your political views? Don’t let teachers and the government sway you, research it yourself. Only then can you begin to understand the power of persuasion vs. the weight of truth…
Lincoln was our 16th President, and I was raised to believe he was a magnificent hero in America. In the school I attended in Minnesota, our elementary school taught us to believe that Lincoln was the sole leader in opposition to Slavery in the South. “Lincoln successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization.” (From Wikipedia)
“Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s greatest heroes because of his unique appeal. His is a remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then, a sudden and tragic death at a time when his country needed him most to complete the great task remaining before the nation. His distinctively human and humane personality and historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures.” (www.biography.com/people/abraham-lincoln-9382540)
Lincoln had very little if any support from the south; however, he triumphed in the North and was elected President in 1860. It is well documented that because he succeeded as President, the seven southern States declared their secession from the Union; thus, they became known as the Confederacy. At Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he stated, “Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the Nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.”
On the other hand, a lot of southerner’s see Lincoln as a dictator that forced them to abolish slavery and join the union. It’s my understanding after speaking to a few born and raised southern people that they acknowledged the fact that slavery was coming to an end without any interference from Lincoln. In addition, they stated that slavery was Lincoln’s excuse for starting a war and imposing severe implications on them if they didn’t join the Union. They believe it was their right to select their own President, Jefferson Davis, for the South and run their own union. Here is a quote from the book: Abraham Lincoln: The Southern View Demythologizing American’s Sixteenth President, “While publicly he declared that his goal was to ‘preserve the Union,’ he actually destroyed it. And when he later tried to alter the character of the War with his fake and illegal Emancipation Proclamation, he was formulating plans behind closed doors to deport all blacks out of America, ‘back to their native land,’ as he phrased it on August 21, 1858. Lincoln’s true agenda, as Mr. Seabrook shows, was to demolish the idea of States’ rights in the South and install big government in the North. And, as the staunch supporter of American apartheid himself stated repeatedly, he was willing to do this with or without ending slavery.”
Seriously folks, most of my life, I only saw Lincoln as a Hero! It’s only been in the last few years where I have actually realized and truly looked at the fact that he wasn’t the icon and superman that I had thought. One end result of the Cival War was that slavery was abolished in 1865, and it was the best outcome of the War! At this point, I really don’t care anymore about Lincoln’s true intentions for the War because now it’s all over… It’s over 150 years later, and all people here in America are free…Praise God…
Research it, and you decide if you think Lincoln truly is a Hero or a Villain?