The 16th President of the United States was a man named Abraham Lincoln, and he was known as Honest Abe! He was born on February 12, 1809, in Kentucky! Abraham was born and raised in a log cabin, and he had one brother and one sister. After living in Kentucky with his family for 7 years, they moved to Indiana. Eventually, in 1830, Abraham Lincoln moved to Springfield, Illinois to live with his extended family out there. Because of how important Abraham was, he is represented on American money! He is the face on the penny coin and the five dollar bill! Let’s find out why he was so important, but first, let’s see if you can create a log cabin like the one Abe lived in! The instructions for it are located here!
Before becoming President, Abe served as an Illinois State House Representative. He also served as an Illinois Representative to the national government after that. In 1842, he married his wife, Mary Todd. Eventually, he was selected to run for President on the ticket of the newly formed Republican party. And in 1860, Abe was elected as the 16th President of the United States! However, this made a lot of people in the southern states very unhappy, and that would lead to a very big problem. Before we talk about that, let’s explore what Honest Abe looked like! Abraham Lincoln was known for his distinctive look, often seen in a very prominent black top hat! would you like to look as presidential as Abe? Or perhaps you’d like to make your own Abe! Well, if you click here, you can get instructions to make your own top hat! If you want to make an Abe like the one I did, all you have to do is color a Popsicle stick black, cut out a bow tie and top hat from black paper (or color it!), and glue the pieces to the stick! Don’t forget to add a penny for Abe’s face!
Now, let’s talk about that problem. The biggest problem of Lincoln’s presidency would be the American Civil War. After Abe was elected, 11 southern states left the United States of America, and a war broke out to bring them back. There was a lot of fighting! Lincoln and his generals had to make a lot of decisions about what was best for the country. One decision that Abe made was to write something called the Emancipation Proclamation. What that did was free all the slaves in the southern states. Slaves were people who were being forced to work for someone else without being paid. It was a horrible thing to do. To free these people and to preserve his country, Abe wrote the proclamation. During this war, Lincoln gave many speeches, and the one he gave at Gettysburg’s battlefield was particularly famous. It was called the Gettysburg Address. Eventually, after four years of fighting, Lincoln and his generals were successful and won the war! Do you think you could make all the right decisions? Well, head on over to 123Homeschool4me and try out the Civil War game to test your skills!
Unfortunately, not everyone was happy that Abraham Lincoln had won the Civil War. A man named John Wilkes Booth was very upset that the south had not won. One night, while Abe and Mary Todd were watching a play at the theater, John Wilkes Booth shot the President. Later, Abe died because of it. However, the American people remember what a great President Abe was! Now that you know lots about him, can you find some of these words? Or perhaps you can color Abe and his famous top hat! Be sure to leave a comment below about what you would have told Abe if you had the chance!
Now it’s time to find a favorite food of Abe’s! Abe loved to eat baked apples for dessert! They were sweet and fruity! Now, if you grab mom or dad, we have a much easier way to make baked apples! Thanks to Insanely Good, we can make them in the microwave! (Even though Abe did not have a microwave!)
I hope you have enjoyed learning about some of the great American Presidents! Be sure to stop back by tomorrow so we can start learning about Medieval Times! It’s going to be pretty great to see “Is a Castle worth the Hassle?”