President Lincoln 's View On Slavery Essay

1004 Words Jan 17th, 2016 5 Pages
President Abraham Lincoln is one of the most memorable presidents to have led our country. Without Lincoln we wouldn’t have a lot of the rights the citizens of this country do today, as opposed to most thoughts on the Confederate president Jefferson Davis. President Lincoln and Davis were both excellent presidents but no one could argue that between the two, Lincoln was the best. I know this by how he helped better our country by abolishing slavery, how he fought through the pressures and stress the Civil war brought,and his most memorable leadership. Lincoln’s view on slavery was well known to the public as soon as people knew of him when he proudly stated his thoughts against slavery. President Lincoln gave a speech in Illinois on October 16th, 1854. Within this speech he states, “I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world -- enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites -- causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty -- criticising the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest” (II, 320). Jefferson Davis was a known supporter of slavery and a strong believer in protecting the fourth amendment, claiming…

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