by Wanda R. Brenner, Grand Canyon University

The year 2009 marked the bicentennial anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. What can be learned from the life of this man with seemingly ordinary beginnings who is now remembered as "a visionary leader, a gifted orator and one of America's greatest presidents"?

Introduction

 

Reflections on the Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln


 

     The 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln was celebrated in 2009.  This remarkable man "is remembered as a visionary leader, a gifted orator and one of America's greatest presidents. In his time, however, he faced harsh criticism for his handling of the Civil War and his expansion of executive power. Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated--he was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, just six days after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and died the next morning.” (History.Com, n.d.)

     What was his legacy?  How well have we, the American people, met his expectations?  Let's take a look at his life and times together.