Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Alyssa Chapman

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” This is a quote by Abraham Lincoln. He achieved many great accomplishments in his life time and I believe that this quote describes in words how he achieved them. He was one of Americas greatest hero’s to go through office. He earned his nickname “Honest Abe” by being such a great person and helping our nation get through the many struggles we had to go through. As the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln was faced with many trials. The greatest trial he faced was pressuring the nation and reuniting a country facing defeat. Lincoln’s dedication to the ideal of doing what is right wasn’t easy made him successful in his trials. Lincoln said “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” During Lincoln’s time in office this quote wasn’t correct. All men were not created or treated equally. Slavery was a huge component while Lincoln was in office. When he said this quote he was saying how it wasn’t proposed yet because things were not being treated how they should have. The slaves were treated horrible and the whites had everything in their favor. In every state there shouldn’t be any room for slaves to even take place because everyone should be created equal. Talking about also when women didn’t have the right to vote. Not allowing women to vote comes into play on how they should be treated equally. Alyssa Chapman Fisher High School Fisher, IL