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...l the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
I believe that Lincoln always knew that slavery was incompatible with the Union. After emancipating the slaves Lincoln had to begin reunifying a new, slave-less Union, his ideal. He wants Americans to recognize a God who is antislavery and whose punishing for slavery’s progression is just. To some it may seem very divisive when he says “...every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword” (Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address 462). It may serve to further Lincoln’s belief that the Civil War is just deserts.
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