Abraham Lincoln: Slavery In The United States

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Slavery, in the United State of America, existed for over a hundred years. Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America, emancipated slavery. The emancipation proclamation the was drafted in 1863, but it did not free all of the slaves. The slaves in the mutinous states were deemed legally free, but it excluded the slaves in the states that were cooperating with Lincoln. Until 1864. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln won the Presidential election with overwhelming numbers. The majority of Congress were abolitionists; therefore, in July of 1864 emancipation for all of the slaves became a constitutional right. During the 1864 presidential campaign slavery did not seem to be a centralized debate topic. But, when Lincoln got elected he, …show more content…
If there had to be a superior race, then Lincoln believed it was his own race. Though, Lincoln did not believe whites and blacks were equal. He expressed interest in freeing the slaves. There was a catch, though. Lincoln believed in a “White America.” This meant that he would free the slaves, but he would export them back to Africa and the Caribbean. This notion of Lincoln’s could mean two things. First, it could mean that he felt bad for the slaves and did not want them to suffer anymore, or it could mean that he was racist and did not want blacks living in his country. It is indeed a little bit of both. Lincoln did not really feel bad for the slaves. He showed little interest in the pain the blacks were going through, but he publicly expressed that slavery is morally evil. There is evidence to suggest that Lincoln was a racist, and he also has stated that he believes in a “White America.” Lincoln would often argue that the forefathers were against slavery, but they had to put up with because it already existed in American. Lincoln had the same mentality. He thought it was morally wrong and evil, but he had to put up with it because if the slaves were freed there would be a gigantic uproar, that would tear America apart. This made it impossible for Lincoln to be an abolitionist. But, in the years leading up to the Civil War, and during the Civil War, …show more content…
Then Lincoln slightly changed his view. He believed that slaves should be granted the same rights as any other citizen. No one was superior just because of the color of their skin. During the Civil War, for the first time in American history, Abraham Lincoln opened the White House doors to a Black American. This is extremely powerful towards the social position of blacks at the time. They were not considered people, so for the President of to let a black into the White House this shows that slavery is morally and ethically wrong, it also shows that a change will come because someone is now looking out for the black population. Lincoln’s ambition for the black population was colonization. He was going to give them the state of New Hampshire. Giving them New Hampshire would have been ideal because that way they could start their own society without color prejudice. Having a designated black state would also give them the right to vote and have other basic human rights that they were not receiving. This never ended up happening. Slavery was a terrible curse on God’s creatures. Lincoln winning the 1864 election did more than just ensuring no compromise with the South. It also ensured the emancipation of slavery in the

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