History is riddled with figured who have gone to great lengths to do the things they believed in. However, there have been very few historical figures who have actually done what was beat for their nation and the world in general. Abraham Lincoln is one of those figures, and hence, my favorite figure in history.
The first reason why I’ve chosen Lincoln is that he abolished the hated practice of slavery. For hundreds of years, Africans were shipped from their native land to countries all over the world so that they could do hard labor – things the Whites thought were beneath them, or due to their weak stature, were unable to accomplish. Slavery was a horrible practice where the person worked without any compensation or any respect for work hours. It was acceptable for people to toil in the fields from morning to late night. The house slaves fared a little better, but still suffered from the long hours. They slaves were not allowed to use anything that belonged to their masters, and they were expected to behave at all times or risk the wrath of their masters or the local police is things got out of hand. Lincoln was the one person who decided to put his foot down and end the terrible act of slavery. It was through his stand that slavery in Northern as well as Southern America came to an end.
Slavery was such a sore topic among the Southerners that they resorted to go to war for it. Out of the many reasons cited as causes for the American Civil War, slavery was perhaps the biggest. The South resisted any reasonable arguments and were determined to continue slavery. They claimed their plantations wouldn’t survive otherwise. Lincoln, however, stood firm in his beliefs and challenged the Southerners until war finally broke out.
Needless to say, but the American Civil War ultimately defined the new America – a slavery-free America. If it hadn’t been for Lincoln’s determination, the South would have seceded into a separate Confederate States of America, and slavery would have continued unabashed.
Abraham Lincoln, abolished the hated and despicable act of slavery. Although he had to go to war to exterminate this evil, he made sure that slavery was eradicated. Unfortunately, Lincoln didn’t live long enough to see the changes he had triggered in America. He was gunned down soon after the Civil War.