When did Lincoln become President?

Knowing about American history enriches one’s mind. There are so many facts to learn and almost everything seems to be interesting. The United States of America is one popular nation, as all people believe. And what goes beyond a nation’s greatness and power? Is it credited to their leaders or the people? It seems controversial but whatever one thinks, a nation’s leaders and citizens are both influential.

America has many great and influential leaders. One out of many to mention is Abraham Lincoln. Who is Abraham Lincoln and when did Lincoln become President of the United States of America? Details may be hard to learn at first glance but getting the gist out of Lincoln’s leadership has left many people in awe of him.

Abraham Lincoln is known for his oratorical skills. His speeches have left tremendous impact in one’s hearts and his lines are still alive up to these days. He was a good orator even though he took his studies during his early life through self-study because his family was poor. This did not impede him to learn and eventually became America’s President.

Before his presidency, he was a father of four children, a country lawyer, a legislator in the state of Illinois and a good standing member of the United States House of Representatives for one term. He ran for the Senate two times but failed to win. But like any normal person, he stood up and continued to journey with America’s politics.

On February 1860, Abraham Lincoln took his first political appearance at the Cooper Union rally in New York City, after being known to be an official candidate for presidency. He was not popular at first as his opponent, William H. Seward, was the leading candidate. However, Seward had lost votes in various states such as Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey. This made Abraham Lincoln voted by the majority as the 16th President of the United States of America on November 6, 1860 and took office on March 4, 1861.

Abraham Lincoln successfully led the American Civil War and promoted modernization in the economy. He was known as the leader who put an end to slavery and issued Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. He was popular to the people and was reelected on November 8, 1864 but this reelection only took him to serve the country until April 15, 1865.

America lost an important person when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. But he will always be remembered by his good words and deeds, all the more with his great leadership.

Hinduism Facts for Kids

There are a lot of religions in this world. People from various places hold on to their predominant faith and out from many religions known, one of the oldest is Hinduism. Hinduism originated from Northern part of India and the word “Hindu” was derived from the Indus river, a body of water that streams 1,800 miles from Tibet and goes through Kashmir and Pakistan and flows out to the sea.

There are interesting things to know about Hinduism that children would find time to read. Hinduism facts for kids would include its ancient existence, countless followers and more. Apart from knowing that Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world as it had existed for more than 4000 years, it is also the faith that has so many followers.

With its millions of followers, Hinduism was founded by nobody but was developed from Brahminism. It was recorded that more than 750 million of followers existed from all over the world. Other countries that have many Hinduism followers aside from India are Nepal, Bangladesh and Bali, Indonesia.

Hindus follow many beliefs though their religion focuses more on what one does rather than what one believes. Their universal god is called Brahman and their god comes in various forms that they too worship as gods and goddesses and this explains why they worship on too many gods. They also have other gods and goddesses, aside from Brahman (also known as their creator), that they praise everyday such as Vishnu (also known as the preserver) and Shiva (also known as the destroyer).

Hindus also believe in reincarnation, which they call as Samsara. This cycle of repeated births and deaths are influenced by Karma, or what is popularly known as the determinant of their destiny. They also follow three basic practices and these are:

1. Worship or Puja- they offer this to their gods and goddesses
2. Cremation- instead of burying the dead, Hindus cremate or burn them.
3. Caste system- they follow this system and are divided according to groups. What is good about this is that no group is superior over another as everyone is considered equal and plays important roles in their society.

Hindus offer their pujas at home as they have built a shrine at the comforts of their homes. At the shrine, they place a statue of their gods or goddesses (also called as murti) and offer gifts such as flowers and incense. They also have communal place of worship which they call Mandir and a lot of Hindus go to this place during weekends.

The Vedas is the main Hindu text they use. Vedas means “knowledge” and they refer to this text as their code of conduct and used as guide for their laws and duties. They hold many festivities but the most popular known is the Diwali or the Festival of Lights.

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