Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. His legacy is the eradication of slavery following the Principles of the Declaration of Independence: The principles of democracy, liberty, and equality. Lincoln’s second inaugural address stated that slavery was the key component that led to the civil war and it was possible that slavery had offended God and he retaliated by causing conflict which started the war.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. began his ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech with these words: “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.”