What seemed to be his own goals, made historians think that his actions created a gain of trust and what seemed to be popularity to create a unified United States as his predecessors. The speculation that the emancipator of slavery was doing it for African-Americans but on the contrary there’s cases where racism itself was showed by Lincoln. Failing to live up to the abolitionist’s expectations made a lot of them lose their acceptance of him and his determination of abolishing slavery. Going against his parent’s religion and teachings might have been the actual motive to go against slavery but sought to it in a different way. He sought slavery as a set life given to them without being able to have an opportunity in any choice in the matter at hand ... ... middle of paper ... ...stead of being in good terms with everyone.
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Debates Over Slavery In 1787, delegates arrived in Philadelphia to begin work on revising the Articles of Confederation. Most states agreed that the Articles had not provided the country with the type of guidelines that it needed to run smoothly. There were many things missing, and many issues that needed further consideration. One of the most controversial topics at the Constitutional Convention was figuring out the country's policy towards slavery. When all was said and done, slavery was still legal after the Convention because the southern economy depended on it and because most people decided that this was an issue that should be decided by each individual state, rather than the country as a whole.
If asked, nearly every person will unquestionably state that it was Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves from their southern bondage. In his article “Who Freed the Slaves?” John Green claims “this telling of history oversimplifies the truth so much as to render it useless.” . As the factuality of this great American historical antecedent has been called into question, the question still stands, if Abraham Lincoln did not free the slaves, who did? This also poses the question Lincoln’s involvement, if he had any, in the fight against slavery. While it is true that Lincoln fundamentally opposed slavery, he could not actively fight against the institution.
The southerner’s did not dislike Abraham Lincoln as a person, but they hated his ideas. The main reason why they feared Lincoln becoming President is because he did not believe in Slavery. The south felt like Lincoln was basically trying to take money away from them, because slave owners made a lot of money around that time. The north and south many social and economic difference, which they both didn’t even try to talk it out about. All of the incidents that happened before the war could have been talked out and negotiated.
He wanted all men to have their unalienable rights but still felt they were not as good as whites. Lincoln “opposed giving Illinois blacks the right to vote or serve on juries and spoke frequently of colonizing blacks overseas as the best solution to the problems of slavery and race.” (Fiero 391) This won him the presidency but caused some big chain
Lincoln, Abraham, Don E. Fehrenbacher, and Roy P. Basler. Speeches and Writings, 1859-1865: Speeches, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings, Presidential Messages and Proclamations. New York, N.Y.: Literary Classics of the United States :, 1989. Thomas, Benjamin Platt. Abraham Lincoln: A Biography.
During the Civil war, Doug... ... middle of paper ... ...thony]" (49). The slave holder was not above satisfying his sexual urges by the usage of black slaves. The book was easily digested and powerful yet Douglass softened the tone by not becoming graphic when he had every right to do so. This was the first publication of the book and it would be interesting to see how much "gentler" he was by the third rewrite. Published by the Anti Slavery Committee, it was definitely biased against the slave holder but Douglass seemed to write fairly of his experiences especially since he was able to relate both good and bad experiences with his slave owners.
However many of them also wanted to free slaves as well. Stephen Brooks, who wrote Understanding American Politics (2013,109), said, “Some of the founders were downright racist, and it is fair to say that even among the most enlightened of them, not a single one would have found interracial marriage or even racially mixed schools to be acceptable.” As Brooks said some were racist and would not like to consider African Americans as their equal. While some were willing to free slaves, others would not even consider it. Our first president, George Washington, owned slaves but having the discussion about whether we should have slaves or not. He decided to set his slaves free.