(R.K and M.I.R. Polkinghorne)
Lincoln” is an interesting and inspiring story of a poor boy who became the 16th
president of U.S.A. the story shows the heroic struggle of Abraham Lincoln
against the heavy odds of life. It also shows that a child born in a log cabin
may become a president of a country by dint of his unceasing struggle,
unflinching determination and unflagging courage.
was born in 1809 in a poor family in the state of Kentucky. His father was a
farmer. They had a humble hut to live in. the family later on shifted to the
state of Indiana. Abraham was an intelligent and hardworking boy. He and his
sister helped their parents in household affairs. He learnt to use a gun at the
age of eight. His mother died in his childhood. The Bible was his first story
and reading book.
father married a widow a few children from her late husband. Abraham’s
stepmother brought some furniture with her. She made the house comfortable. She
sent him to school and looked after him properly. When he grew up he earned his
living in a variety of waves. He worked as a postmaster, surveyor, shopkeeper
and boatman. On one of his river trips, he went down to southern states where he
saw Negro slaves working in cotton fields. He was deeply moved by the miserable
condition of the slaves. He disliked slavery from the heart of his heart.
was elected member of assembly at the age of twenty-five. He read law and was
admitted to the bar at the age of twenty-eight. In 1861, he had become so
popular in the Northern States that he was elected president of the U.S.A. the
southern states were not pleased with him. They chose their own president,
Jefferson Davis. But Abraham would not allow the cession of the Southern States.
A civil war (1861-1865) was fought which lasted for four years. Lincoln and the
Union won the war after a prolong struggle.
A few days after his victory he was shot by a mad man at Washington Theatre. He died at a time when his country needed him very much. However he belongs to ages. He was a man of great caliber. He was a great orator. He stood firm and dauntless in the face of surmounting hardships. He is respected and admired as one of the greatest leaders he world has ever produced. His life encourages and inspires us to action. We can also rise in life by hard work.
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