Abraham Lincoln And The Abolitionist Movement Essay

755 Words May 10th, 2015 4 Pages
On the cover of the textbook Created Equal 4th Edition a young Abraham Lincoln graces the cover. A better choice would have been Fredrick Douglass as he was a very important figure in the abolitionist movement. While we are told in elementary school that Abraham Lincoln ended slavery and his whole purpose for the Civil War was to end slavery. Of course during this class I have found this well believed story to not be completely accurate. Abraham Lincoln is not unworthy of being on the cover of this fine textbook I just believe Fredrick Douglass is a much better choice and made a bigger impact on the abolitionist movement than Abraham Lincoln did. One of the most heralded documents in the Abraham Lincoln legend is the Emancipation Proclamation. We are told generally that this document freed all the slaves in America. However we know that in actuality it freed no slaves and was more of a military maneuver than it was an attempt to free any slave. The Emancipation Proclamation declared any slave in the South to be instantly freed if they joined the Union forces in their fight against the Confederate States. Since the confederate states did not recognize Abraham Lincoln as their president they also did not recognize the Emancipation Proclamation as having any real power. It was a symbolic document in the Civil War and did change the moral focus of the war but by itself did not free any slaves. Abraham Lincoln heralded the Emancipation Proclamation as the crowning…

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