Abraham Lincoln and Slavery
Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States of America, was a virtuous man who wanted only good for his country. There have been many opposing views on his presidency, some saying he was not fit and others saying he was one of the greatest. These are just opinions, and as everyone thinks differently from everyone else, there has and will always be opposing views. One thing that cannot be disputed is the man’s heart. He stood up for what he believed in and fought for it until his murder.
When someone thinks about Lincoln, there are two major ideas that come to mind: Slavery and the Civil War. These two factors are what have defined this president. Lincoln was completely against slavery. He saw it as morally wrong and thought it should be extinct. In a speech, he stated, “Let us discard all this quibbling about [this] race and that race and the other race being inferior… Let us discard all these things and unite as one people throughout this land until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal” (Lincoln, Slavery, And Racism). However, despite his complete want to abolish slavery, he knew it would be a difficult task. Hundreds of years of slavery had separated whites from blacks and it wasn’t as though these feelings would change on the turn of a dime. As president, it was Lincoln’s duty to keep the United States united as one. The Historic Present states that “Lincoln believed he was obligated to live with slavery on this basis, waiting for it to die on its own.” (Lincoln, Slavery, And Racism). As history has shown however, this would not hold and a Civil War would break out among brothers and sisters.
Pre-Civil War, there were two opposing factors on Lincoln’s mind. Although he wanted to abolish slavery, Lincoln felt the greater cause was to keep the Union intact. As stated before, he felt he must “Live with slavery.” Many...
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