Abraham Lincoln: A President Under Fire

A look at the problems faced by Abraham Lincoln, first American President.

This paper goes over the challenges that Abraham Lincoln faced during his presidency, as well as the sources of these challenges. Topics covered include the various elements of the Civil War Crisis, his suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, his issuing of the emancipation proclamation, and many others. This is an in-depth analysis of Lincoln’s presidency, from several points of view.
Today, it seems unfathomable that Abraham Lincoln be considered anything besides a great war leader and one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States of America. While he was in office, however, many Americans, both from the North and the South did not share this opinion. During his presidency, Lincoln acquired many enemies and made a number of decisions that made him a target of great hostility. No matter what measures Lincoln took, ultimately, he was criticized. If he leaned one way, he would be chastised by one group, and if he leaned the other way, harsh words would reign down upon him from another sector of society. Basically, Lincoln found himself in a no win situation.