Abraham Lincoln is regarded as one of the most influential American Presidents in History. The country was undergoing a civil war during his presidency. He led the Northern portion of the country against the South to help preserve the Union of States. He championed for the end of slavery across the nation. He began his political career by serving the Illinois State Legislature while studying to be a lawyer. He eventually was elected to a term as a congressman. He ran for the U.S. senate, but did not win. During his campaign for the Senate he gained national fame for his stance against slavery. In 1860, he ran for President under the newly formed republican ticket. The republican agenda included a stance against slavery and not allowing southern states from ceding from the Union.
Immediately after Lincoln was elected President seven southern states (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas) left the Union by creating the Confederate States of America. The main thought for parting ways was to continue slavery. A War between both factions sparked five months later costing 600,000 Americans their lives. The war took place over four years and ended in the country being held together in the end. The worksheets below examine all different aspects of the life of Abraham Lincoln.