A Man But Not A Brother : Abraham Lincoln And Racial Equality

817 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Slavery is a major part of U.S. History regardless of the negative reflection it puts on the United States. Slavery divided politicians, as well as states. Slavery was not the reason for the Civil War in the beginning, but it was always a main factor of the war, especially after the Emancipation Proclamation was introduced. In the article, “A Man but Not a Brother: Abraham Lincoln and Racial Equality”, by George M. Fredrickson, writes about Lincoln and his stance on slavery. Fredrickson records that Lincoln never really took a stance on slavery throughout his politician career, that he would have views for both against slavery and for slavery at times. Fredickson talks about that it’s possible one of the reasons Lincoln never took a clear stance on slavery is that he did not want to lose a portion of his voters if he did. Regardless of Lincoln’s stance on slavery, he had a major impact on slavery, and getting it abolished. Abraham Lincoln at times was against slavery, and did not want any part of it in his country. George M. Fredrickson writes about how Lincoln agreed with Henry Clay’s ideas on slavery, and that Lincoln used a lot of Clay’s writings when speaking publicly. Clay was a clear abolitionist who worked hard to end slavery. “Clay was arguing that blacks are human beings, who have, in rudimentary form at least, the same basic desires and capabilities of whites”, (Fredrickson, p.42). It is evident that if Lincoln is agreeing with Henry Clay, he is also agreeing…

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