The Legacy Of Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation Signed By Abraham Lincoln

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The year 1862-1863 proved to be a major year for the history of United States of America. With the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln, the status of slavery within the country is hence abolished. Historians argue whether the abolition of slavery is a direct connection to what Lincoln did. Some argue that it was from the pressure of slaves themselves.
Allen C. Guelzo argued that Lincoln do help end slavery due to his Enlightenment ideals. He quoted Richard Hofstadter, a person with an opposing view with him. Hofstadter was quoted stating that Lincoln opposed slavery for the sake of economy of white people, and not about the Negro (i.e. slaves). Following the quote, Guelzo stated that he opposed Hofstadter’s idea. He argued that Lincoln is “our last Enlightment politician” (Guelzo, 353). In his essay, Guelzo mentioned how Enlightenment changed the ideology of Lincoln such as “his unquestioning belief in universal natural rights” (Guelzo, 353). Additionally, his background with the “hard-shell” Separate Baptists (Guelzo, 356) and Calvinism made him a determined person to help end slavery. Guelzo quoted the speech that Lincoln gave in 1858: “I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself ” (Guelzo, 354). Though it is not stated explicitly, Lincoln made this comment to signify his opposition. Guelzo provided an insight of how time played a huge role in the abolition process. Lincoln proposed the Emancipation Proclamation during the summer of…

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