Abraham Lincoln committed himself to the cause of democracy and the Union. With his dedication to these ideals and his uncompromising stand on critical issues, Lincoln saved our nation and carved out an immortal place in world history.Summary:Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809-April 15, 1865) was born in Hardin County, Kentucky and served as the 16th President of the United States. An outspoken challenger of the institution of slavery, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. He also was responsible for the Proclamation of Thanksgiving. The newly elected President, Abraham Lincoln, and his family are leaving their hometown for the journey to Washington. He bids his friends and neighbors farewell. We can see that Lincoln gains strength from his family, especially from his sons Tad and Willie. He needs all the strength he can find. His great cause: the American Union is divided in a Civil War. But Mr. Lincoln is no ordinary man. He leads his nation through its darkest hour, finding strength and solace where he can. Abraham Lincoln struggles with the idea of abolishing slavery. He knows that freeing the slaves is not without political and military risk. During this time, Lincoln must also deal with a personal tragedy. His son, Willie, is deathly ill. Despite the efforts of the doctors, Willie dies. Reflecting on the sorrow and shortness of life, Lincoln comes to know what he must do. He issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves.The war drags on and hundreds of thousands die. Lincoln is invited to Pennsylvania to help consecrate a military cemetery at Gettysburg. Lincoln's short speech is a meditation on dedication to democratic principles which nobly expresses the reasons for all the bloody and costly struggle of ending civil war.There is celebration in the land when the war finally ends. Unfortunately, Lincoln does not live to oversee the reunion of the nation he loved. Killed by an assassin's bullet, Lincoln becomes yet another martyr to the cause he served so well. His was a life of courage,faith and supreme dedication.