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Biography of Abraham Lincoln for Kids: Meet the American President for Kids - FreeSchool

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    Today we're going to learn about the American
    President, Abraham Lincoln.
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    Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of
    the United States, was born February 12, 1809,
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    in Kentucky. His father was a farmer, and
    his family was very poor, living in a small,
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    one-room log cabin.
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    While Lincoln was still very young, his family
    moved to Indiana, and then again to Illinois.
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    He only went to school for one year, but he
    loved books and learning, and taught himself
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    as much as he could.
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    When he was 22 years old, Abraham Lincoln
    left home to work at a general store. It was
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    there that he got his nickname, "Honest Abe."
    Once a customer accidentally over paid by
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    a few pennies, and that night when the store
    closed, Abraham Lincoln walked for miles to
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    take the money back.
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    In 1832 Lincoln ran in an election to become
    a member of the Illinois State Legislature,
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    but he lost. After that he served as a Captain
    in the Army, and then he started working as
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    a lawyer, and got married. In 1846 he was
    elected to the US House of Representatives.
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    In 1860, he ran for President.
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    It was a difficult time in the United States.
    The North and the South disagreed on a lot
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    of things, and it was getting worse. One thing
    they disagreed on was slavery. The Northern
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    states did not want any more slavery. The
    Southern states wanted to keep their slaves.
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    Abraham Lincoln did not like slavery, either.
    He was elected President because he had the
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    support of the Northern states. He had almost
    no support from the Southern states.
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    As soon as he became President, southern states
    began seceding from the Union. That means
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    they decided they didn't want to be a part
    of the United States anymore. President Lincoln
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    was determined to keep the country together,
    and in 1861 a war started.
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    It was the Civil War, a terrible, bloody war
    that lasted four years. On January 1, 1863,
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    Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,
    an order that freed all the slaves in the
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    southern states. A few years later, he helped
    to pass the 13th amendment to the Constitution,
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    which made slavery illegal everywhere in the
    United States.
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    The Civil War finally ended on April 9, 1865.
    President Lincoln wanted to put the country
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    back together, and help the South rebuild.
    Unfortunately, he did not live to see that happen.
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    Less than a week after the end of the Civil
    War, Lincoln and his wife were watching a
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    play at the Ford Theater in Washington DC
    when he was shot in the head by a man named
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    John Wilkes Booth. Abraham Lincoln died the
    next morning, on April 15, 1865. He was the
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    first American President to be assassinated.
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    Abraham Lincoln once said, "I want it said
    of me by those who knew me best that I always
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    plucked a thistle and planted a flower where
    I thought a flower would grow." He is widely
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    considered to be one of the greatest presidents
    in American history. His leadership during
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    the Civil War and his defense of human liberty
    make him an American hero. His face is on
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    pennies and five dollar bills, he was included
    in Mount Rushmore, and a memorial for him
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    stands in Washington, DC.
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    I hope you enjoyed learning about Abraham
    Lincoln. Goodbye till next time!
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Biography of Abraham Lincoln for Kids: Meet the American President for Kids - FreeSchool
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The sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to serve his country at a crucial point in its development. When the Union threatened to rip apart, he helped hold the United States together, even at the cost of his own life.

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