Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a log cabin in
Kentucky, United States.
In 1831 he moved to Illinois and worked as a surveyor, storekeeper and postmaster
while he studied to be a lawyer. He was elected President in 1860 but was disliked by
many people. He remained unpopular for the entire five years of his presidency.
In the southern United States, many slaves were kept by landowners to dig soil, plant
crops and look after the animals. Slaves would also do the cleaning and the cooking.
Lincoln did not agree with slavery which resulted in 11 southern states leaving the
Union and becoming independent. Civil war then started between the Union and
the independent alliance. In 1865 the Union states were victorious under the
leadership of Lincoln. After the war had ended he tried hard to bring the two
opposing sides together.
On 14th April, 1965, Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford's Theatre
in Washington DC. He was shot by a man called John Wilkes Booth who supported the
Lincoln died of his injuries the next day.
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