was on the national stage only six years, but in that period this
enigmatic man from the Heartland became the human fulcrum that
kept the American nation from collapsing.......
questions concerning the fact that Lincoln was overcome by anxiety and
depression are numerous. Michael Burlingame remarks, in his book The
Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, that the death of Lincolns mother
was responsible for his life-long tendency to melancholy. It has also
been stated that his depression stemmed from a series of childhood
losses. These deficits may have included the death of his newborn
younger brother (Lincoln was only three years old at the time); the
death of his mother, aunt, and uncle when he was only nine years old;
and the passing away of his sister in childbirth when he was eighteen
years of age. According to psychologists, bereavement in childhood can
be one of the most significant factors in the development of
depressive illness in later life.
Search Of The Real Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He was born to Thomas
Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Abraham was not the average child
he was a very tall person, he believed in higher education, he
attended school as much as he could most of the time just for a
couple of weeks at a time. The school that Abraham attended had no
books and had benches made out of trees cut in half down the
middle to make a rounded but smooth top bench. With no books the
children would learn their lessons by saying them out loud. The
children of this school could always be heard from a distance
reciting the days lessons.
Taking a Life of
Lincolns didn’t stay in Indiana for long, in 1830, the family
picked up and moved to Decatur, Illinois. Lincoln, who then took a
job working as a cashier at a general store, always had a crowd.
Lincoln was good at telling stories and people always liked to
listen. He soon became a popular figure of the town and then took
aim at running for office for the Illinois Legislature. So in
March, of 1832, Lincoln announced his candidacy for Legislature.
While attempting to run for office the Black Hawk War broke out
Lincoln enlisted and served as a Captain of his company. After
returning he continued to campaign but was defeated. He was eighth
of 13 in the field of candidates. After losing in his legislative attempts, Lincoln and a friend opened a store and Lincoln was
Postmaster. The store led him into debt he dropped the store and
worked as a surveyor to finish paying off the debts that the store
had accumulated. In 1834 Lincoln run for Legislative office again
and won. The same year he studied and passes the number 2 bar
examination and began to practice law. He began a law partnership
with fellow legislator John T. Stuart. For the next two and a half
decades Lincoln practiced law in Lincoln. In Springfield, Lincoln
met Mary Todd, who was the daughter of a prominent Kentucky
family. They were married and bought a house in Springfield. They
went on to have 4 children 3 of which died in the early years of
1854 Lincoln stepped back into the political spotlight after
leaving for 6 years after not being renominated for the Illinois
Legislature. He was debating Senator Stephen A. Douglas of
Illinois, a Democratic leader who was negotiating terms for the
Kansas and Nebraska territories which was given the decision of
deciding if they would be a slave or non-slave state. Douglas, who
believed in “popular sovereignty”, or the popular decision of
the public, said that it should be up to the people of the state.
Lincoln said that you cannot let a half of nation be free and the
other slavery. With the many public debates against Douglas,
brought Lincoln fame in the public eye. On November the Sixth,
1860 he was nominated for President. Lincoln beat Douglas by a
margin of the majority vote.
after the election of Lincoln for President. South Carolina was
prompt to succeed from the Union in late 1860. After trying to
compromise failed, six other southern states follow with succeeding
from the Union. Concerns were focused on the federal troops in the
island base of Fort Sumpter, just off the coast of South Carolina.
Lincoln ordered the sending of supplies but not troops to the
base. It was all to late and on April 12, 1861, the “shot heard
round the world” started the war with the attack of Fort Sumpter.
Lincoln continued to make a strong stand against the south and the
commitment to the Union. he said he would face war before letting
the Union fall to pieces. The war raged on for four years. Lincoln
issued his most famous speech of his career the Emancipation
Proclamation. The turning point of the civil war was with the
battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. After this battle the Union
took over with controlling the Souths invasion. On April 9, 1965,
General Lee, the commander of the Souths Army Surrendered at
Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. In the midst of the victory
celebration, just five nights after the surrendering of Lee.
Lincoln attended a play with his wife at Ford’s Theater in
Washington D.C., Lincoln was shot in the back of the head by John
Wilkes Boothe. On April 15, 1865 Lincoln died from his wounds.