While it is true that Lincoln fundamentally opposed slavery, he could not actively fight against the institution. Lincoln’s attentions were more focused on the crumbling union and his need to appease any potential allies. One might point out Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation has been called one the most misunderstood documents in American history, and with good reason. While the Emancipation Proclamation did free slaves, it was a more of a war tactic than a true attempt at universal freedom. Instead, the Emancipation Proclamation declared “all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state – the people whereof shall then be on rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward and forever free…”. Essentially, Linco...
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