Abraham Lincoln 's Emancipation Proclamation Essay

760 Words Mar 10th, 2016 4 Pages
In Allen C. Guelzo’s essay, his thesis was that Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a big part of the reason why the slaves are no longer slaves and are now free. For if the Emancipation Proclamation did not exist, the slaves who have escaped would not be free for very long. Therefore, Abraham Lincoln was committed to freeing the slaves within the United States and played a very large role in doing so. In Guelzo’s essay he states that “Without the Proclamation, the Confederacy even in defeat would have retained legal title to its slaves” (Guelzo, 357). The Emancipation Proclamation was considered one of the most revolutionary pronouncement and was very helpful to move the United States towards the elimination of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was very much against slavery and wanted it to be abolished, so it is not much of a surprise he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Guelzo states he believes that “Abraham Lincoln understood from the first that his administration was the beginning of the end of slavery and that he would not leave his office without some form of legislative emancipation policy in place” (Guelzo, 355). Abraham Lincoln as a regular citizen of the united states probably wouldn 't have been able to do much for eliminating slavery but, “Lincoln may not have had the power available to him to free every slave in the Confederacy, but he certainly had the authority, and in law, the authority is as good as the power” (Guelzo, 357). He was president and had…

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