Comparing Abrham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

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Abraham Lincoln was considered a great president through the public opinion by, preserving the Union, issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Jefferson Davis was considered a mediocre president due to the fact that he lost the war and failed in the public's eye. Both of these presidents intended to preserve both sides, however he had to win the public majority, which Davis failed and Lincoln succeeded.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was very important to the past history of our country. He helped to abolish slavery in this country and kept the American Union from splitting apart during the Civil War. It is important to discuss Abraham Lincolns past to get an idea of how he became who he was and how his ideology was formed and pressed upon the Northern and Southern people. Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky; Lincoln spent most of his childhood working on the family farm.

He had less than a year of school but managed to educate himself by studying and reading books on his own. He lost his campaign for the Senate, but during the debates with his opponent Stephen Douglas, he became well known for his opposition to slavery. The southern states, which believed they depended upon slavery to remain prosperous in the cotton, tobacco, and rice industries, threatened to secede from the nation if Lincoln won the election. Lincoln was inaugurated on March 4, 1861, and by April 12, the southern states had formed the Confederate States of America and the Civil War began. Before he even took office he discussed his early view on slavery during a speech in 1858, where he stated, "He believed that slavery and democracy were fundamentally incompatible. In an 1858 speech, he said, what constitutes...