An 11-Year-Old on Abraham Lincoln: “Even if it meant being hated by most of the country”

18 02 2010

The guest poster today makes his debut on the internet, with last night’s homework assignment.  I think it’s terrific, but I’m a little biased.  As he gets older, I’m sure his thoughts on his hero will be refined, but I hope the central theme of his admiration as expressed in the penultimate sentence doesn’t change.

My Hero: Abraham Lincoln

by Joey Smeltzer

There are a lot of people that I look up to. Most of them are either athletes or politicians. But the person who I look up to the most is Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of United States. I look up to Abraham Lincoln because he was the President during one of the toughest times in American history: The Civil War. His goal was to free the slaves. Because of this, many people hated him. Everybody in the South hated him, and if that wasn’t bad enough, many people of the North hated him because they were upset with the way that he was running the Civil War or were against freeing the slaves. Yet he still managed to get elected President twice. As soon as he was nominated, he started getting death threats from people who were scared he was going to end slavery. When he got into office, the death threats got even worse. Even though people wanted to kill him, he still stood up for what he believed in. On April 14, 1865, he was finally assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. If he did not speak out against slavery, he probably would have never been assassinated. But he still did it because he knew what was right. Abraham Lincoln was my hero because he always did the right thing no matter what – even if it meant being hated by most of the country. I think everybody should try to be like Abraham Lincoln.

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9 responses

18 02 2010
Terry Johnston

Impressive, Harry. Looks like the kid’s on the right path!


18 02 2010
gary van ess

What an impressive short summary of a great man. I’m a tad older than the kid, but Mr. Lincoln remains my hero also.
I suggest you forward this piece of writing on to the White House.


18 02 2010
Chris Evans

Nice short review of A. Lincoln. Lincoln’s one of my favorite characters from American history too and truly one of the most fascinating people to study and read about ever.


19 02 2010
Mike Peters

Great job Joey!



22 02 2010
Mike Cook



25 02 2010
The Abraham Lincoln Observer

Discriminating choice in heroes too … although the phrase “or politicians” worries me just a little.

Well done, Joey.


2 11 2010
Four Years Blogging « Bull Runnings

[…] period.  A lot of that increase was due to a strange occurrence regarding my son’s essay An 11-Year-Old on Abraham Lincoln.  The photo that accompanied that post was for two months the number one Google image search […]


14 04 2015
Bob Huddleston

A chip off the old block! Nicely done! And A. Lincoln would appreciate being included as a politician!


14 04 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks, Bob!


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