Abraham Lincoln And Jefferson Davis

In this report I compare two great historical figures: Abraham Lincoln,
the 16th president, steered the Union to victory in the American Civil War and
abolished slavery, and the first and only president of the Confederate States of
America, Jefferson Davis. Abraham Lincoln was the President of the Union, and
Jefferson Davis struggled to lead the Confederacy to independence in the U.S.
Civil War. Lincoln was treasured by the African Americans and was considered an
earthly incarnation of the Savior of mankind (DeGregorio 20-25). On the other
hand, Davis was both admired and hated. Lincoln had a different view of how the
U.S. should be in abolishing slavery. Davis was a politician, ...

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89). Davis had been a fire-eater before Abraham Lincoln's
election, but the prospect of Civil War made him gloomy and depressed. Fifty-
three years old in 1861, he suffered from a variety of ailments such as fever,
neuralgia, and inflamed eye, poor digestion, insomnia, and stress. Lincoln also
suffered from illnesses during the war. He had severe cases of headaches and
Both presidents had a lot of pressure of them due to the fact of
defending their region. Lincoln had difficulties growing up because of the
deaths early in his childhood, poverty, and little education. Davis; however,
studied at a Roman Catholic school in Kentucky and at Transylvania University,
and entered West Point in 1824. Davis seemed to have had an outreaching
environment to his success. The major difference, personality wise, was Davis's
weakness in his inability to get along with other people where Lincoln was a
well liked and easygoing man.
Both men shared a common bond in their education ...

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as the war continued. Both President Davis
and President Lincoln still had to deal with Congress- in Davis's case with a
weak one, in Lincoln's case with a much stronger one (Eaton 160-163).
During the last year of the war, Jefferson Davis's speeches were in fact
inspiring that spring of 1865. Davis was in poor health under the strain of war,
he changed noticeably. He developed a closed sphinx like personality. The
finally of the war happened at Appomattox. Lee, Davis's army commander,
surrendered to Grant's army under Lincoln. When Jefferson Davis heard about
Lee's surrendered he wept, but refused to admit defeat. The combined Union and
Confederate casualties amounted to ...

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