For the first week of the tournament, we have our first two candidates: Jiang Jieshi and Abraham Lincoln.
Jiang Jieshi, also known as Chiang Kai-shek, was a political and military leader of China from 1928-1931, preceded by Sun Yat-sen. Before Sun’s death, Jiang built up an army, including communists soldiers. After Sun’s death, there was a backlash between the KMT and Communists. Jiang led a successful military campaign to drive the Communists out of power.
During World War II, Jiang led Chinese forces against Japan until the allies showed up. One year after the Japanese surrendered, a civil war broke out between the KMT and the Communists. In 1949, the Communists, led by Mao Zedong, overthrew Jiang and formed the People’s Republic of China. Jiang spent the rest of his life in Taiwan until his death in 1975.
Abraham Lincoln was America’s 16th President from 1861-1865 and founded the Republican party. When he was sworn in, 11 states seceded, or broke away, from the Union: The Confederate States of America. A civil war broke out in America because not one state in the South wanted to give up slavery. In 1863, Lincoln his Gettysburg Address and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, giving freedom to all slaves in the South .
The Union won the war after the Confederacy surrendered at the Battle of Palmito Ranch. Five days after the war ended, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.