Abraham Lincoln in History
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, kentucky ;his family moved to southern indiana in 1816. Lincoln’s formal schooling was limited to three brief periods in local schools, as he had to work constantly to support his family. In 1830, his family moved to Macon County in southern illinois , and Lincoln got a job working on a river flatboat hauling freight down the mississippi River to New orleans . After settling in the town of New Salem, Illinois, where he worked as a shopkeeper and a postmaster.
Lincoln became involved in local politics as a supporter of the whig party, winning election to the Illinois state legislature in 1834. Lincoln opposed the spread of slavery to the territories , and a grand vision of the expanding united states , with a focus commerce and cities rather than agriculture . abraham taught himself law , passing the examination in 1836. Then he moved to springfield and for the next few years , he worked there as an lawyer . lincoln then met mary todd which he married in the year 1842.
For quite a bit of his profession, Lincoln trusted that colonization or the possibility that a dominant part of the African-American population should leave the united States and settle in Africa or central America which he thought was the most ideal approach to go up against the issue of slavery . His two political admirers , Henry Mud and Thomas Jefferson, had both favored colonization; both were slave proprietors who disagreed with parts of bondage yet seen that there was no chance that blacks and whites could live respectively together. Lincoln first openly upheld for colonization in 1852, and in 1854 said that his first impulse would be “to free every one of the slaves, and send them to Liberia”
On the night of April 14, the actor and Confederate sympathizer john wilkes booth slipped into the president’s box at Ford’s Theatre in washington, D.C., and shot him point-blank in the back of the head. Lincoln was carried to a boarding house across the street from the theater, but he never regained consciousness, and died in the early morning hours of April 15, 1865.