Abraham Lincoln the self-taught lawyer, legislator and vocal opponent of slavery, was elected 16th President of the United States in November 1860, shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War. Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He grew up in Kentucky and had to travel constantly because of their environment. He had to move to Indiana because there was no school near him in Kentucky. Lincoln’s formal education was limited to three brief periods in local schools, as he constantly supported his family. He preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation was written by Abraham Lincoln that stated all slavery in the United States was illegal and all the slaves were free to do whatever they desighered. After the Civil War he planned to use reconstruction to regroup with the south. Growing Up We have all heard the story of Abe growing up in a log cabin, but the additional details about his childhood make it all the more amazing that this man grew up to become a great leader of our nation through its darkest time. Abraham lincoln was born in Kentucky, 1809. He and his sister, Sally were born to Nancy Hanks and Tom Lincoln.Tom, the father, was an uneducated, but successful Kentucky farmer. But as more people made their way to Kentucky, Lincoln found out that the laws did not protect him from people who were out to poach his land. Poach means to trespass or to take or do a illegal action. For example, fishing on a restricted part of someone’s land is an illegal action. He became frustrated and soon later moved to Perry County, Indiana.The area where they settled was largely unsettled. The area was terribly overgrown and difficult to farm. Abe Lincoln later described life in this area known as “Little Pigeon Creek as a fight with the trees and logs and grubs.” While the family worked hard at farming. Abraham Lincoln’s childhood was not so great. More or less Abe had a rough childhood, but still kept his head high in the sky. When Abraham was in his early 20s he was a storekeeper and a postmaster. Then, later, he taught himself about the laws of Illinois. Later he became a lawyer and so on. True fact: Abraham Lincoln was actually a wrestler!Education Abraham Lincoln was educated,as he said in his inimitable fashion, ” by little.” All his formal schooling-a week here, a month there-did not amount to one year,and mostly he educated himself by borrowing books and newspaper. He loved to read Robinson Crusoe and the tales of The Arabian Nights, a biography of Washington, and the poetry of Shakespeare and Burns. Someone recalled, ” I never saw Abe after he was twelve that he didn’t have a book in his hands or in his pockets. I didn’t seem natural to see a feller read like that.” Fond of talking and storytelling, he found a book called Lessons in Elocution and began practicing his public speaking from a tree stump. In 1860, shortly after his nomination for U.S. president, Lincoln apologized for his for and regretted his limited formal education. Lincoln was self-educated. His formal schooling was intermittent, the aggregate of which many may have amounted to less than twelve months.Impact on the World Abraham Lincoln the 16th President was the very first president who freed all the slaves from the South side of the United States. After the Civil War, the South was seperated. Lincoln had plans of Reconstruction. Abraham Lincoln was the person who wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that the United States had to give up slavery. Slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation was illegal from then on. Lincoln put the Emancipation Proclamation into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not totally free. The North would have to defeat the South to free the slaves.The Civil War had started as a war to save to save the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation made it a war to end slavery in the South. The Union won the war. Over 23,000 soldiers were injured or killed. The Union also won a major battle in the East. After stopping two more attacks on Richmond, General Lee decided to invade the Union again. He marched north into Pennsylvania. The Union army met Lee’s soldiers on July 1, near the town of gettysburg. For two days the armies battled back and forth. On the third day, Lee ordered a final attack. It took him barely two minutes to read it. The speech that came before his had lasted for two hours. But Americans still remember the Gettysburg Address more than 140 years later. Abraham Lincoln had been an honest man and had done what was right, even if when others disagreed with his choices. Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. His childhood was rough and unfair but he still keep a positive attitude. His mother passed when she died from milk poisoning when he was only ten. And he had to take care of himself when his father, Tom lincoln was gone to find a new mother for him and his sister, Sally Lincoln. Lincoln had an formal education but, his education was better in the hands of reading. Lincoln was a HUGE fan of books. He loved newspapers, drama books, and others. His favorites were Robin Crusoe and the tale of The Arabian Nights, a biography of Washington. Abraham Lincoln was the president who saved all the African American slaves. In 1860 the Emancipation Proclamation. This stated that slavery in the United States was illegal. Today no one is a slave and we’re all free. When the Civil War was over, in 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. During this time the South was seperated and Lincoln planned to wait until the South grew back and then make them rejoin.He was determined to keep our country together. In April 15, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by well known stage actor John Wilkes Booth. While he was attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. Abraham Lincoln was shot. The nation was shocked. HE died that day but no one in the United States forgot what he did for this country.