Although reflected on with disgust in today's society, slavery was accepted as a central institution in American society during the late-18th century. Slavery had an extremely malignant impact on the development of African-American culture. Ultimately, slavery tore families apart, exterminated a line of remarkable culture, and placed a burden upon the liberty and opportunity that the United States so honorably advertised. Fortunately for the advancement of African Americans and the growth of America as well, highly virtuous individuals outside the realm of slavery saw the transparent advantages of slavery and saw into the genuine cruelty slavery upheld. These individuals were called abolitionists and essentially fought for racial equality. Now, the works of these abolitionists were highly noted during the time when slavery most blatantly roared, but this group of individuals did not have the power to change the culture of slavery that was so deeply embedded in America. The true face behind the much needed social change in the United States was President Abraham Lincoln. As president, Lincoln employed his powers wisely in attempting to abolish the monstrous injustice it represented that Lincoln condemned and the toxic that was presumably drowning America’s success, slavery, through powerful legislature. Although Lincoln generated countless important legislations and speeches which influenced the abolition of slavery substantially, the passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, was most significant to Lincoln and it seemed like no piece of legislation during Lincoln’s presidency received more of his attention. The movie, Lincoln, by Steven Spielberg exploits the story of the battle to pass the 13th Amendment in 1865. The issue is not why passage was important; the internet explains that clearly enough. Instead, the problem is to explain the frenzied work to pass it in that month. Lincoln portrays the political...
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