Essay about Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

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“…And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.” –President Lincoln (The Emancipation Proclamation). On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. A document issued by President Lincoln that freed the slaves only in the states that left the Union. (Lader, Curt. 1999, pp. 128).It illustrated Lincoln’s attitude toward slavery and unification and gave the North a psychological lift. The question for thought is, what motivated Abraham Lincoln in delivering the Emancipation Proclamation? And its impact within the Civil War. I believe it was more than just hisstance on slavery because,although Lincoln loathed slavery he was no abolitionist. “He did not believe the two races could coexist as equals, but he did oppose any further extension of slavery into new territories” stating in 1840 that slavery was a “minor question on its way to extinction.” (Tindall & Shi, 2004, pp. 480). Lincoln’s basic goal for the Emancipation Proclamation was to strengthen the Union’s moral cause in attempts to strengthen Northern support and he thought freeing the slaves was morally the right thing to do, all in attempts in saving the nation and…

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