Lincolns Hundred Days Research Paper

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Lincoln Essay

On of the most storied men throughout history has been that of the American hero Abraham Lincoln. He was present during the time of the civil war in America and I will go in depth discussing, “Lincolns Hundred Days” a book about the war and how each side felt during the time of the emancipation proclamation being announced to it being signed in. Slavery was not ended entirely by the war itself but rather by people being informed about politics and taking a stand for beliefs. Harvard Professor Theophilus Parson suggested a radical plan of returning slaves to the army by considering them contraband. (Pg. 26) This suggested a large interest for the first time by a prominent professor into politics and shifted how the war was thought of. (Pg.26) Part of this view was that Lincoln had the main goal of saving the union and not necessarily eradicating slavery right away. Part of this newfound enthusiasm was due to men like John Charles Fremont. Fremont freed all the slaves in the state of Missouri behind the
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Lincoln felt that by issuing the proclamation he was taking a calculated risk that would greatly benefit the Union. He expressed this by saying, “ He would rather die than take back a word of the Proclamation of Freedom.” (Pg.177) However, Lincoln knew with the proclamation that the slaves were not truly free. Lincoln decided to take action and this action was adding three constitutional amendments. These amendments included the abolition of slavery by Jan1. 1900, ensuring freedom for already free slaves and also the colonization of free colored people. (Pg.178) By Lincoln doing this he was able to setup a clear path towards signing in the emancipation proclamation that coming New Year. With Lincoln’s new amendments he could fully back the war and its motives by having this signed and in writing it was

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