Abraham Lincoln on "Slavery" Essay

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Abraham Lincoln on Slavery

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg. 211, Johnson). Many Americans believe him to be one of the greatest presidents to ever serve in office. One thing that distinguished Lincoln from all the other former presidents was his distinct philosophy on slavery: that it is unfair and unjust to enslave another human being. Lincoln supported his opinion with a simple formula labeled the ‘Fragment on Slavery’ (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg. 20, Johnson), in which he described slavery as being easily applicable to anyone-not just blacks. By applying race or color, intellectual ability, or interest, Lincoln’s logic proved that if
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Lincoln clearly established racism and expressed his own racist views against blacks even though he constantly advocated for their freedom. After failing to be elected to the U.S. Senate, and after losing his debate with senator Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln had gained much popularity with the Republicans and was beginning to be mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. In May, 1860, he won the presidential nomination of the Republican Party (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg.212, Johnson). Even though Lincoln was against slavery, he was not identified as an abolitionist because of his speech in the Kansas-Nebraska Act where he explained that slavery is wrong, and that it cannot be allowed to expand in order for it to be controlled. Lincoln thought that if it was not allowed to expand, slavery would eventually cease to exist. What made him an exceptional candidate for the Republicans was that this had wide appeal among northern voters. Unlike Chase and Seward, abolitionists whose ideas threatened to alienate centralist voters, Lincoln was not an abolitionist, therefore he had more appeal to central voters who did not prefer one extreme over the other (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg.48, Johnson). In a letter to Alexander H. Stephens Lincoln assured him that; “...Do the people of the

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