The Reasons Of Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

1405 Words 6 Pages
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
…show more content…
In the confederacy, Slaves were used to build forts, haul materiel, tend the horses and perform chores for the armies plus provided support on the home front by growing food. Douglas states “slavery was the stomach of this rebellion”. Lincoln started to realize the importance of the confederacy dependency on slavery. “Union military commander’s and politician’s alike gradually realized that to defeat the Confederacy, the North would have to destroy slavery. “I am a slow walker” Lincoln said, “but I never walk back.”” This was the turning point for Lincoln; his idea changed to saving the Union by saving the

Related Documents