Abraham Lincoln by Deanna Richards

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and is considered a great American hero. He came from humble beginnings in Kentucky and began his political career in 1834 as a member of the Whig party. He later became a successful lawyer and even served a single term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected president in 1860. While in office, Lincoln worked to end slavery and reunite the union after the south rebelled. He was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.

As president, Lincoln created a lot of controversy with some of the decisions he made. He suspended the habeus corpus (keeps the government from holding you indefinitely without telling you why) and shut down newspapers that were against the war. Because of this, he had the right to arrest potential Confederate sympathizers without a warrant. Abe spent $2 million on war materials without a go-ahead from Congress and he called for 75,000 volunteers into military service without a declaration of war. Overall, Lincoln violated the Constitution with some of his control methods.

Lincoln was able to deal with many struggles in his life through his passion for liberty and justice for all. He never stopped pushing to unite the union or to abolish slavery in the United States. The controversy made him persevere and be more creative in his approach to reuniting the union so that they would not secede again. He communicated directly to the American people through his speeches in order to make sure they were hearing his message. Instead of focusing on what others were saying, Lincoln kept his focus on his country.

The two groups I wish to unite are the Democratic and Republican party. To make this happen, I would create some sort of peaceful dialogue between major leaders of each party in order for the parties to help understand each other. The constant battling done between both parties has done more harm than good in this country, especially since the 2016 election. If we as Americans made a larger effort to understand each other's concerns, we would have way less problems. During this process, I might feel helpless or like nothing I will try to do will be good enough, but I would keep trying because it would be the right thing to do. As a leader, I could never quit because it got hard.

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