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Did Abraham Lincoln change the course or American history, including the way people think? Yes, because He alone among American Presidents, stopped slavery in this country. The way I will support this thesis, is by telling you about Lincoln's life, things such as school, speeches, family life, etc. Other evidence will be things such as dates, and places. In this report, you will learn many things about Lincoln's life. Abraham Lincoln was born on February12, 1809, close to Hodgenville, Kentucky. He lived in a log cabin with one window, one door, a chimney, and a hardpacked dirt floor. Lincoln's mother was Nancy Hanks (1784? - 1818), and his father was Thomas Lincoln (1778-1851) At the age or two, Lincoln was taken by his parents to nearby Knob Creek, and at the age of eight he was taken to Spencer Co., Indiana. Later on, Lincoln's mother died. Then, in 1819 Lincoln's father married Sarah Bush Johnson, a kindly widow.

(1788- 1869) Abraham Lincoln gained a lot of respect where he lived, even among the so-called Clary Grove Boys, who were once his fiends. They had challenged him to a physical combat. He was elected caotain of his company in the black Hawk War (1832). When he came back from the war, he was not very lucky in making a living as a shopped. This venture eventually failed when his partner died. In 1833, Abraham was assigned postmaster, but did this job only to make a living while working on other jobs. At the same time, he began to study law. Lincoln was defeated in 132 in a race for the state legislature. Lincoln was elected on the Whig ticket two years later, and served in the state house of representations from 1834 to 1841.

Abraham Lincoln did nothave a lot of...