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Lincoln In His Role In The Usa History

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The Man Who Freed Us or Not?For many years, Abraham Lincoln High School has been celebrating the birthday of the man it was named after. However, this year the African-American students at the school began arguing about this celebration and questioning whether it should be cancelled on the grounds of Lincoln's letter to his friend Horace Greeley. By some students' opinion in this letter Lincoln has expressed himself as a racist, who supported slavery and did not perceived African-Americans as human beings.Now the members of the History Team of our school has being elected to find out what was the real Abraham Lincoln's role in abolishing slavery in this country. Upon the History Team's ...view middle of the document...

In the election of 1860, Lincoln knew he had to have minimal enemies. So, as not to anger any pro-slavery voters Lincoln said he would not tamper with slavery in states in which it already existed. When Lincoln won the office and was inaugurated, he said the same thing. He did this to try to keep America out of a Civil War. However, many slave states felt they needed to expand slavery. In order to do so they needed to get out of Lincoln's domain. Once slave states started seceding, Lincoln knew he had to crush the rebellion, but keep the border slave states loyal. Therefore, Lincoln, once again, promised he would not take away their slaveryEarly in the war, in 1861, John C. Fremont, whom Lincoln had appointed to the command of the Department of the West, issued a proclamation, which freed the slaves of all of those persons who had rebelled against the Union. Lincoln rescinded this proclamation. Lincoln's action aroused the ire of the abolitionists, and raised the question of why the war was being fought-- to preserve the Union, or to free the slaves. In a famous letter to Horace Greeley, Lincoln made his position on this matter clear. "I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored, the nearer the Union will be the Union as it was. If there were those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them... If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it helps to save the union..."During the...

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