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Abraham Lincoln Essay 12

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Abraham Lincoln's unprincipled exception consisted in that he subscribed to the liberal belief in a universal equality of human rights, while making an exception with regard to political, social, and physical equality. He did this by interpreting the principle of equality in the Declaration of Independence as both universal and narrow. As he saw it, the phrase, "all men are created equal ... with certain unalienable rights," meant that men were equal, but only in respect of those unalienable rights, not in any other respects. In the first Lincoln-Douglas debate, in Ottawa, Illinois, Lincoln, fending off Douglas's charge that he was a race leveler, stated outright that he did not believe in the social equality of the races. Abraham Lincoln did oppose slavery, but at the same time he tolerated it. Also, he was against the expansion of slavery, but once again he condemned black Americans as inferiors-many black refused to support him or did so reluctantly. In 1849, Lincoln had voted for a bill that would have emancipated slaves and compensated their owners in the District of Columbia. The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves. It declared that any slaves held in areas currently under control of the Confederates were free. Since the Confederate States did not consider themselves as part of the United States. It said to free slaves in Confederate states, but it also committed the Union to end slavery, except the border states which are Maryland, Delaware Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia as Abraham Lincoln wanted to preserve union at all cost., so that the Confederate states could not get any help from any other countries, and did not make the Union look bad. Basically the Emancipation Proclamation destroyed any chance that Great Britain or France would offer diplomatic recognition to the confederate government. Diplomatic recognition would have meant accepting the Confederacy as a legitimate state equal in international law to the Union, and it would almost...

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