Analysis Of Abraham Lincoln: Fight Against Slavery

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Abraham Lincoln: Fight Against Slavery
Abraham Lincoln is more than the face of the penny. Abraham Lincoln is one of the famous presidents of the United States of America. In 1861 Lincoln became the 16th president of the U.S he was famous amongst all presidents for his contribution to slavery. Abraham Lincoln followed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to go about with his plans. Firm believer that one should act according to the law and the key role those two papers played in the fight against slavery.
Abraham Lincoln said in the Fragment on the Constitution and the Union, “The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word, "fitly spoken" which has proved an "apple of gold" to us. The Union, and the Constitution,
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In 1858, Douglas as well as James Buchanan endorsed the decision that was made. The first was that no slave or descendant can be a citizen of the states. Second, was that according to the decision the Constitution has always been pro-slavery. This was backed up by statement provided in Article V of the Constitution where it states that, “… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” This part was seen as a way of protecting what they saw as property, which were slaves. The third part of this decision was that the US Supreme Court was not to decide whether or not slaves would be able to be brought into free …show more content…
This piece was a response to Stephen Douglas and his opinion on the majority to decide whether they would want to be free or a slave state. Abraham Lincoln intended to destroy Douglas credibility of popular sovereignty. Lincoln accuses Douglas of wanting to spread slavery to all states rather than abolishing it. Lincoln emphasized that Douglas was only using the case of Dread Scott, in which the decision given was that slaves would not be seen as citizens.
Kansas Nebraska Act
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was for a creation of two states which were Nebraska as well as Kansas. This act repealed the Missouri Compromise, in which it was determined that Missouri was admitted as a slave state, Maine would be a free state and further the Louisiana Territory would be free. This compromise was later repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act and later declared unconstitutional by the Dred Scott decision in which it stated that Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery.
Gettysburg Address
The 1863 writing about Lincoln was with the intent to uphold the Constitution. In other words, to follow what the intent of the Constitution wanted people to do. The purpose of the Address was to transform the Civil war into a war to abolish slavery. Lincoln wanted the people to end what was started for those who have

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