Abraham Lincoln became the 16th US President in 1861 and is considered by many to be the greatest leader the states have ever seen. He gained his platform by opposing the expansion of slavery. After the southern Confederate states seceded and the Civil War broke out, he succeeded against considerable odds in achieving reunification. On 1st January 1863, he delivered the Emancipation Proclamation which liberated all slaves in the Confederate states (though not those on the Union side who would remain enslaved until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865). His Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in history, was fundamental in outlining the principles of democracy. Lincoln died tragically and shocking in April 1865 during a visit to the theatre when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate spy enraged by the President’s promotion of black voting rights. Significantly, Lincoln had been wearing a Brooks suit when he died.
Reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by Jeff Daniels.