This Fiery Trial: The Speeches and Writings of Abraham Lincoln Character Descriptions

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Abraham Lincoln - This person was largely self-taught, became interested in politics and entered the Illinois state legislature in 1834.

Stephen Douglas - This person was the leader of the Northern Democratic party and was beaten decisively in the 1860 presidential election.

General Ulysses S. Grant - This person was a general in Lincoln's Union army and in 1864, he became the commander of all Union forces after earning the trust and respect of the then president.

General Robert E. Lee - This person was the most prominent general in the Confederacy and was a superior tactician despite being outmatched in terms of resources and manpower.

Henry Clay - This person was part of the Whig Party who lost to a Democrat when abolitionists split the vote.

Grace Bedell - This person was a young girl who wrote a letter and suggested that Abraham Lincoln grow a beard because his face was so...

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