This is a 54 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the American Civil War – Abraham Lincoln’s Cabinet. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Not every president knowingly selects cabinet ministers who will disagree with him/her but President Abraham Lincoln did. Lincoln's Cabinet was truly one of the most unique in American history. Several having sought the presidency themselves, were self-assured, well educated, and formidable. Each cabinet secretary thought he was better qualified than Lincoln.
On the surface, they were usually courteous to each other; however, beneath their polite exterior they were plagued by rivalry, disagreement, animosity, different temperaments, jealousy over access to the President, and differing political ideology. Lincoln, aware of the mutual dislike and ill will between his secretaries, who oftentimes did not speak to each other, diplomatically mediated squabbles that arose.
Given almost limitless freedom over their departments, Lincoln respected his cabinet ministers and was confident in their abilities. “We needed the strongest men of the party in the cabinet,” Lincoln stated, “We needed to hold our own people together. I had looked the party over and concluded that these were the very strongest men….I had no right to deprive the country of their services.
Lincoln, extremely self-confident himself, looked beyond each man’s weaknesses and competing egos and saw the talent and intelligence each man brought to his administration. Cabinet members were free to disagree with each other and Lincoln’s unique personality ensured balance within his cabinet. His ability to effectively manage his Civil War cabinet illustrated his political genius.
The presentation highlights each cabinet member, summarizes their contribution while members of his cabinet and covers the following:
Hannibal Hamlin: First Vice President
William Seward: Secretary of State
Salmon P. Chase: Secretary of the Treasury
Simon Cameron: First Secretary of War
Edwin Stanton: Second Secretary of War
Edward Bates: Attorney General
Caleb Smith & John Usher: Secretary of the Interior
Gideon Welles: Secretary of the Navy
Montgomery Blair: Postmaster General
Andrew Johnson: Second Vice President
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This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... The American Civil War.