Essay about The Great Emancipator By Abraham Lincoln

1311 Words Mar 11th, 2016 6 Pages
The title, the “Great Emancipator,” implies that President Abraham Lincoln courageously abolished slavery with no other major assistance. The title would also suggest that his central motive as the President of the United States was to succeed in the immediate abolishment of slavery. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word, “great,” is defined as “[being] chief or preeminent over others” (Merriam-Webster). In fact, President Lincoln is the opposite of that definition for the individuals who had always pushed for the abolishment of slavery were abolitionists and slaves themselves. Lincoln’s actions indicate that he was not completely devoted to abolishing slavery in the early 1860’s until he realized that it would be necessary to win the war, his original goal all along. President Abraham Lincoln does not deserve to be remembered as the “Great Emancipator” because he himself did not single handedly abolish slavery, but rather it was those around him, like slaves and abolitionists, who did.
Prior to the Civil War, Lincoln’s speeches conveyed that his thoughts on slavery were not aligned with abolitionists, nonetheless someone who deserves to be called a “Great Emancipator.” In 1858 during the Lincoln-Douglass Debates, Lincoln argued that, “‘...when this government was first established it was the policy of its founders to prohibit the spread of slavery into new territories of the United States, where it had not existed,’” proving that he was neither in support…

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