Biography of Abraham Lincoln for Kids: Meet the American President for Kids - FreeSchool
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the American President, Abraham Lincoln.
0:15 - 0:22Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth
president of the United States,
0:22 - 0:29was born February 12,
1809, in Kentucky.
0:29 - 0:30His father was a farmer
and his family was very poor,
0:30 - 0:32living in a small,
one-room log cabin.
0:32 - 0:39While Lincoln was still very young, his family
moved to Indiana, and then again to Illinois.
0:39 - 0:44He only went to school for one year, but he
loved books and learning, and taught himself
0:44 - 0:46as much as he could.
0:47 - 0:53When he was 22 years old, Abraham Lincoln
left home to work at a general store. It was
0:53 - 0:58there that he got his nickname, "Honest Abe."
Once a customer accidentally over paid by
0:58 - 1:04a few pennies, and that night
when the store closed,
1:04 - 1:07Abraham Lincoln walked for miles
to take the money back.
1:08 - 1:14In 1832 Lincoln ran in an election to become
a member of the Illinois State Legislature,
1:14 - 1:20but he lost. After that he served as a Captain
in the Army, and then he started working as
1:20 - 1:27a lawyer, and got married. In 1846 he was
elected to the US House of Representatives.
1:27 - 1:31In 1860, he ran for President.
1:32 - 1:36It was a difficult time in the United States.
The North and the South disagreed on a lot
1:36 - 1:43of things, and it was getting worse. One thing
they disagreed on was slavery. The Northern
1:43 - 1:49states did not want any more slavery. The
Southern states wanted to keep their slaves.
1:49 - 1:53Abraham Lincoln did not like slavery, either.
He was elected President because he had the
1:53 - 1:59support of the Northern states. He had almost
no support from the Southern states.
1:59 - 2:06As soon as he became President, southern states
began seceding from the Union. That means
2:06 - 2:11they decided they didn't want to be a part
of the United States anymore. President Lincoln
2:11 - 2:18was determined to keep the country together,
and in 1861 a war started.
2:18 - 2:27It was the Civil War, a terrible, bloody war
that lasted four years. On January 1, 1863,
2:28 - 2:34Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,
an order that freed all the slaves in the
2:34 - 2:41southern states. A few years later, he helped
to pass the 13th amendment to the Constitution,
2:41 - 2:46which made slavery illegal everywhere in the
2:46 - 2:53The Civil War finally ended on April 9, 1865.
President Lincoln wanted to put the country
2:53 - 3:00back together, and help the South rebuild.
Unfortunately, he did not live to see that happen.
3:02 - 3:06Less than a week after the end of the Civil
War, Lincoln and his wife were watching a
3:06 - 3:12play at the Ford Theater in Washington DC
when he was shot in the head by a man named
3:12 - 3:21John Wilkes Booth. Abraham Lincoln died the
next morning, on April 15, 1865. He was the
3:22 - 3:26first American President to be assassinated.
3:27 - 3:32Abraham Lincoln once said, "I want it said
of me by those who knew me best that I always
3:32 - 3:38plucked a thistle and planted a flower where
I thought a flower would grow." He is widely
3:38 - 3:43considered to be one of the greatest presidents
in American history. His leadership during
3:43 - 3:50the Civil War and his defense of human
liberty make him an American hero.
3:50 - 3:56His face is on pennies and five dollar bills,
he was included in Mount Rushmore,
3:56 - 3:58and a memorial for him
stands in Washington, DC.
3:59 - 4:04I hope you enjoyed learning about
Abraham Lincoln. Goodbye till next time!
- Biography of Abraham Lincoln for Kids: Meet the American President for Kids - FreeSchool
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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