Essay on Lincoln 's First Inaugural Address

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Before writing and signing the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln’s presidency was consumed with war and defeat and while the Emancipation Proclamation went against Lincoln’s original pledge “I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists”(The Lincoln-Douglas Debates); Lincoln believed it was the only way to save the union and to reestablish order in this great nation. The Emancipation Proclamation will go down in history as one of the greatest documents of its time, but the reason behind the signing of Emancipation is tainted.
Not looking for war He wanted a peaceful union and was willing to keep slavery in the south. “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies.” Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address) Succession was already winning the battle, and the southern states were not willing to go down without a fight.
Fort Sumter, a federal fort, sat on a tiny Island in South Carolina. Cut off from the Union, Fort Sumter was in need supplies. Deciding to continue to occupy the fort, Lincoln sent aid knowing war could ensue, but being a man of integrity, he felt the need to uphold his promise of defending federal property. The fort being on confederate land was a constant thorn in the south’s side. Jefferson Davis, the leader of the Confederate of the United States, decided that allowing this fort to remain was not acceptable. The confederate of the United States couldn’t allow the union to remain…

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