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Abraham's Lincoln's Origins (02:37)


In 1837, Abraham Lincoln had exhausted his opportunities on the American frontier and headed east for Springfield, Illinois which he helped to transform into the state's capital.

Mary Todd (03:09)

After establishing himself in Springfield, Lincoln met the daughter of a political family named Mary Todd and began to court her. Eventually, the couple got married and moved into a new home after the birth of their first son Robert.

Abraham Lincoln's Career (04:24)

Following the birth of his son Edward, Lincoln worked earnestly to build his career as a lawyer and a circuit writing attorney throughout central Illinois. Lincoln began preparing to run for a seat on the U.S. Congress.

Opposing American Slavery (05:08)

The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854 pulled Lincoln back into politics with a hope to completely abolish slavery in the United States. Lincoln worked hard with his Republican party to beat Stephen Douglas in the race for his Senate seat.

Lincoln's Race for President (02:58)

Following his defeat in the Senate race, Lincoln traveled the nation giving speeches on his cause of Civil Liberty, a notable speech being his one at the Cooper Institute. He became the Republican nominee for president and then the President of the United States.

Beginning the Civil War (03:35)

Lincoln did not with the popular majority vote leaving many people displeased about his election to the United States Presidency; only six weeks after the election, the first state seceded from the union. The president-elect headed from his home in Springfield to Washington D.C. for his term as president.

Credits: Lincoln (02:04)

Credits: Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln worked his way up from humble beginnings to become the 16th president of the United States. He served in the White House in the midst of a national crisis. Though ill-prepared for the trauma of a civil war, he adapted himself to the circumstances to become an extraordinary leader. A flexible man of thought and a master of words, he is best known for signing the Emancipation Proclamation and writing the Gettysburg Address. For all his deeds and efforts in freeing the slaves and preserving the Union, Abraham Lincoln became the heroic martyr of the Civil War.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL155267

Copyright date: ©2015

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