Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Miranda Marry

T “In the first place, I insist that our fathers did not make this nation half slave and half free, or part slave and part free. I insist that they found the institution of slavery existing here. They did not make it so, but they left it so because they knew of no way to get rid of it at that time." Abraham Lincoln was president during some of the darkest years in the United States history. Lincoln did what he believed was right even though he changed what roughly half of the United States had been doing since the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776. Abraham Lincoln was an honest man that believed in abolishing slavery because it was the right thing to do. Lincoln believed that slavery needed to end for the United States to move forward as a county. “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” He believed that slavery needed to be abolished because it wasn’t right to treat other human beings this way. Lincoln didn’t care that the southern states wouldn’t vote for him to become president, whereas today, many politicians would do things that they didn’t believe in just to get votes. Lincoln once said that “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” He didn’t mind whether people would agree with the choices he had made, he did what he believed was right. He had the courage to change the face of a nation that wouldn’t be the same if he hadn’t been president. Miranda Marry Fisher Jr./Sr. High School Fisher, IL