Another person who deserves to be on the cover of an American history textbook is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States of America. The Civil War occurred during Lincoln’s presidency. In the middle of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation was made as an executive order by Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was not written to free all slaves. It was designed to free slaves in the states not under Union control. Lincoln believed that freeing the slaves would hurt the confederacy. Slaves helped manage Confederates homes and worked behind the scenes with the war effort. This meant more Confederate men could go and fight. The aim of the war changed. It was not just about preserving the Union, it was also a fight against slavery. As a result of the proclamation, foreign countries refused to aid the Confederacy because the countries were morally against slavery. It is unknown how many slaves the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed. The proclamation did, however, pave the way for the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery on December 6th, 1865. All of this was ultimately possible because of Abraham Lincoln.