His views became clear during an series of debates with his opponent in the Illinois race for U. What he did believe was that, like all men, blacks had the right to improve their condition in society and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. In this way they were equal to white men, and for this reason slavery was inherently unjust. In the last speech of his life, delivered on April 11,he argued for limited black suffrage, saying that any black man who had served the Union during the Civil War should have the right to vote.
This proclamation supposedly brought freedom to the slaves in the South. The Emancipation Proclamation according to the story was an executive order signed in by U. The Emancipation Proclamation granted freedom of all slaves in those areas of the rebellious Confederate States of America that had not already returned to Union control.
The facts are that it affected only those slaves that had already escaped to the Union side. As the Union armies marched into the South, in the territory they were able to control amd brimg under Union dominion, slaves received their freedom.
Thousands of slaves joined the Northern Army because they know that with a northern victory came freedom. Hundreds of thousands were freed each day until an estimated at 4 million were free, by the summer of Slavery continued to exist in the border states until the entire institution was finally wiped out by the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, If you look at the facts with a bit more care the truth is that the proclamation freed no one since it specifically exempted all the areas that at the time were occupied by federal armies.
Hundreds of books paint Lincoln as the tall, kind, and highly mannered humanitarian.
An image that is not supported by the facts. Nowhere in his statements, speeches, or declaration did Linclon show any sign that he wanted to help the four million slaves who lived in the South, including the shadow of the White House where he took up residency once he won the election.
The facts are unmistakenly clear, President Lincoln began to think about giving freedom to slaves three years into the War when it was evident that the North was about to loose. The War that the North believe would end in a couple of days at most a week or so streched out to weeks, months and years.
The facts, although often hiden in the foot notes of history text, clearly reveal that, had it not been for African-American slaves, tens of thousands of them, who took up arms and supported the Northern Army, the North would not have won the Civil War. You can glorify Grant, Sherman and a slew of other Civil War Generals and Heroes of the Union Army, but at the end of the day slavery was abolished, not by these venerated White male protagonist but rather by African American slaves who would no longer live with the iron shakels of slavery wrapped around them.
It may be difficult to eradicate the many myths that have mushroomed around Abraham Linclon and his venerated spot in the pantheon of American Presidents, but before we elevate him to saint hood lets get the facts straight.The United States government's support of slavery was based on an overpowering practicality.
In , a thousand tons of cotton were being produced every year in the South. What is the most expensive autograph in the world?
Or rather the most expensive autographs, as George Washington’s signatures on his personal copy of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the First Congress are priced collectively at $ million and known as, George Washington’s Acts of Congress.
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