Is Lincoln truly the “Great Emancipator?”
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States deserves the title as the Great Emancipator. He was the one who made the Emancipation Proclamation claiming that any slave in territories that seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America would be free. He even pushed the Republicans to propose the 13th Amendment which would abolish slavery in the United States. However, before becoming president, he had other ideas for slavery. He didn’t have any abolitionist ideas or anything. He just believed that slavery was immoral and wrong. He wanted to stop the spread of it rather than ending it completely. He knew it would hurt the Southern economy and the Union itself if a law was passed to end slavery. Once becoming president and the Civil War broke out, his main goal in the beginning was to bring the Southern States back into the Union. He didn’t see it as the best time to fight against slavery as well. As the war progressed, he took advantage of the situation and turned the Civil War into the fight for freedom as well. It is never sure as to how he actually felt about blacks or races in general, but he found slavery to be the greatest wronging. Although unsure, he took the steps in the right direction by ending slavery during the war. Who knows what would have happened to the African American race if he didn’t? Would there still be slaves in the U.S.?
President Lincoln may not have been a die-hard abolitionist whose goal was to end slavery and promote equality immediately, but he had the right ideas and the power to lead the country in the right direction. Even once he decided to bring in slavery as another key issue of the Civil War, he still cared about the Southerners and didn’t want them to be humiliated if they lost. He wanted the transition of the Southern States back into the Union to be smooth so he wanted plantation owners to have...
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