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Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, best remembered for leading the Union to victory in the American Civil War and afterwards abolishing slavery in the United States, before being assassinated by a Confederate sympathizer. He leads the Americans in Civilization VI.

Abraham Lincoln wants to utilize industrialization to prevent disharmony in his civilization.


Abraham Lincoln, you rose to the challenge as your country tore itself asunder. Seize the power of a new, younger world, one built on rail and steam, on progress and liberty, and break apart the chains of bondage. Great Emancipator, in this new time of strife and division, the time has come to unite your people once again. Lead your people to freedom and liberty, and end forever the shackles of the past.


Abraham Lincoln's unique agenda is Preserver of the Union. He likes civilizations whose governments are the same as his and dislikes those with a different form of government, especially those with a different government from the same era as his own.

His leader ability is Emancipation Proclamation. His Industrial Zones grant 2 Amenities Amenities and 3 Loyalty, and he receives a resource-free melee unit with 5 extra Strength Combat Strength after constructing Industrial Zones and their buildings, while his Plantations lower Loyalty per turn by 2.

Detailed Approach[]

A choice of government is important for Abraham Lincoln with the Founding Fathers’ ability that provides additional Wildcard slots and Diplomatic Favor. He also wants to research Apprenticeship and build Industrial Zones in all his cities to receive free melee units. Lincoln should avoid Irrigation and Plantations, so he doesn’t receive their malus. Late in the game the P-51 Mustang and Film Studio arrive for the final push towards victory.


Abraham Lincoln is voiced by Sean Smith. He speaks American English.


Codename Quote Notes
Agenda-based Approval Is it not easier to agree, when we both defer to justice. Being a question, this quote should end with a question mark rather than a full stop.
Agenda-based Disapproval A House divided against itself cannot stand. We hope you follow our lead in advancing the cause of liberty. The first part of the declaration is quoted from the Bible, from Matthew 12:25. "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Lincoln quoted the line in his House Divided Speech in 1858.[1]
Attacked What you cannot win by words, you will not win with weapons.
Declares War Those who deny others freedom do not themselves deserve it.
Defeated A darkness falls upon me. But never did a darkness not give way to dawn.
Greeting I am Abraham Lincoln, the President of a young nation, but one that builds upon dreams.
Quote from Civilopedia While man exists it is his duty to improve not only his own condition but to assist in ameliorating mankind. I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number. This is a quote from Lincoln's "Speech to Germans at Cincinnati, Ohio" (February 12, 1861).[2]


Delegation: We have delivered to you a roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce, in thanks for our meeting.

Accepts Player's Declaration of Friendship: We unite, or we perish!

Rejects Player's Declaration of Friendship: You say you would be a friend to me, but you are an enemy to liberty, which is my soul.

Requests Declaration of Friendship: We must unite in friendship, lest we be destroyed in division.

Player Accepts Declaration of Friendship: Do we not destroy our enemies when we make them our friends?

Player Rejects Declaration of Friendship: We cannot bring into our union what would, in time, tear it apart.

Denounced by Player: Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.

Denounces Player: What shall I say to you, you who wring your bread from the sweat of those whom you oppress?

Too Many Troops Near His Border: Your envoys say peace, but your troops are armed and massing. What do you expect us to make of this?

Invitation to Capital: Come and share in this new vision of a brave new world, what we have wrought here.

Invitation to City: Would you see how America extends across the amber waves of grain?

Civilopedia entry[]

One of the most recognizable faces in US history, Abraham Lincoln was President for only four years, but during which time he abolished slavery (an act that was rather late in comparison with the USA’s European contemporaries), successfully waged the Civil War, and catapulted the United States into the industrial age.

Lincoln came from modest beginnings in the Midwest. His family were poor landowners who were caught between the two major struggles of the day: the push westward into indigenous territory, and the tension between enslaving farmers (where wealth tended to be consolidated into larger landownings) and those who worked their own fields. The Lincolns were pushed up and north into Indiana, where they engaged in woodworking and farming. Times were hard – Lincoln’s mother died when he was a small boy, and Lincoln became mostly self-taught. Upon his return from serving in the militia against the Sauk, Lincoln studied law and began pursuing politics in earnest.

Lincoln’s early political career was with the Whigs, a party that had coalesced – in America, at least – against executive power, an artifact of its original anti-monarchical status. In the US, this meant combating the potential for political figures such as Andrew Jackson to establish sweeping executive powers. The US was changing, however, and the dominant divisions were no longer between wealthy plantation owners in Virginia (e.g., Washington or Jefferson) against thrifty and philosophically-minded New Englanders (e.g., Franklin or Adams), but as an industrial capital in the North against a South moving towards industrial agriculture, powered by slave labor. As the Whigs transformed into the Republican party, aligning with Northern industrial interests against the South, Lincoln became a leading voice. Lincoln’s views called for moderation on the issue of slavery (as awful as that sounds today, it was progressive for the time), international economic protectionism, and support for domestic industry – all policies that favored free capital (within the country, at least, and amongst white men), industrialization and the wealth of industrialists.

These white Southern landowners in the South depended upon slavery to keep pace with international industrial, agricultural production, and global trade. Still, it was an increasingly untenable (and had always been an abhorrent) practice. Lincoln made no disguise of his opposition to slavery, although he saw containment, and not eradication, as the path forward. But even this attempt at moderation was too far for Southern states, who interpreted his election as a sign that their power within the Union was irrevocably waning and that the institution of slavery, and thus their economic base, might be at an end. Thus, directly after his election, the Confederacy declared its separation.

Lincoln was a debater and, as such, was criticized for underestimating the gravity of the situation and not taking early action, but his penchant for words and caution was to pay off later. In the Civil War, the South had the advantage of home territory and a well-educated elite to produce generals and strategists, but lagged behind the North in nearly every other factor. As much of the labor force in the South were enslaved and, as such, would be hard-pressed to make fight for their own continued enslavement, the South had to use propaganda campaigns to bring poor landless whites to fight. Further, Southern factories and industry lagged behind the North. And finally, the South lacked existing international support.

But there was a path to victory, however unlikely this seemed. The politics of racial resentment remained, and Lincoln underestimated the pro-slavery sentiment even in states that did not secede (e.g., Maryland) – riots and saboteurs abounded there. More ominous, there were many international powers that would like to see the South remain a largely agricultural producer of raw materials to fuel their own industry, especially given Lincoln’s penchant for foreign tariffs and protecting American trade. Lincoln intercepted envoys from the Confederacy to England, but in a wise move, gave leniency, thus avoiding an international incident.

Things could have gone differently: a foreign power could have intervened. A mass slave uprising could have destroyed the Confederacy before it began. A mass pro-slavery uprising could have sabotaged the United States’ industry. But none of these things happened, and the industrial machine of the North inexorably destroyed the Confederacy.

This theme of industrialism is key here. At home, Lincoln was known for establishing a banking administration and a department of agriculture, both issues to bring the growing nation under centralized control. But when we think of Lincoln’s time, we think of growing factories, the rise of European immigration to the US, the growth of railroads. And also, the movement of these industrial forces against the lands to the west – Lincoln, especially given his background, had no soft spot in his heart for the indigenous people of the continent.

Lincoln’s victory and the reforms made to the South in the wake of the war were bound to cause resentment. He was assassinated in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, just after his re-election and only a few days after the end of the war. Booth believed such an assassination would lead to the war’s continuance, but this was not the case. Lincoln was succeeded by Andrew Johnson, a particularly inept leader.





Leader Spotlight- Abraham Lincoln - Civilization VI- Leader Pass

Leader Spotlight: Abraham Lincoln

Related achievements[]

Addressing Gettysburg
Addressing Gettysburg
Win a regular game as Abraham Lincoln.
A reference to the Gettysburg Address, a speech delivered by President Lincoln.
100th Anniversary
100th Anniversary
As America make a National Park of Crater Lake and both tiles of Yosemite in one game.
2016, the year that Civilization VI was released, was the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which manages national parks in the United States.
Pizza Party!
Pizza Party!
Activate Leonardo da Vinci in New York with Great Works from Michelangelo and Donatello -- and a sewer -- all in that city.
A reference to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, comic superheroes who enjoyed pizza in New York City's sewers and were named after the famous Renaissance Italian artists.


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