Abraham Lincoln helped influence antislavery. Many people didn't support his idea, however some did. I feel that Abraham Lincoln started the wave, or was the first to speak out loud, of all race wanting equality.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22nd, 1862. Lincoln waited until after they had a decisive victory in the Civil War to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. This document was to allow everyone to be free, Abe wanted to end slavery because slaves and farmers could fight in the Civil War. Another reason that it was passed was because Lincoln wanted to keep Britain and France from forming an alliance with the South. This was signed on January 1st, 1863.
Mount Rushmore National Monument in South Dakota. Nestled in the Black Hills it symbolizes freedom and hope for America. U.S. presidents carved sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Flora Stewart was 117 years old when this photo was taken in New Hampshire in 1867. That means she was born in 1750. She saw this country founded and lived to see the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the end of slavery. She saw George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as Presidents. And look at her: as regal as any Queen who ever reigned.