Abraham Lincoln Dbq

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Abraham Lincoln is often viewed as one of the great heroes of American history, due in no small part to his issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, amidst the chaotic, intense rivalry of the Civil War - the battle between North and South, between freedom and slavery. However, prior to the Civil War, Lincoln had given a speech proclaiming that he, in fact, had never been in favor of equalizing whites and African-Americans. Seemingly contradictorily and inexplicably, he had then elected to free all slaves in United States territories. Yet, there exist several viable explanations for Lincoln’s course of actions. Namely, he had harbored moral arguments, and a general character, against slavery, he had primarily aimed to accomplish the implicit goals of the Republican party on which he sided, and he had established an “official duty”, which could only have been accomplished via the abolition of slavery. Clearly, despite having taken a remarkably contrasting viewpoint from the perception of the public, Lincoln had considered other factors as well, which …show more content…

His self-proclaimed “official duty” as the President of the United States had in fact been to save the Union at all costs, whether it result in the saving or terminating of slavery, or even an intermediary outcome. Moreover, the Proclamation’s primary purpose had also been to settle the widespread, treacherous slave rebellion occurring at the time of the Civil War. Were Lincoln to have refrained from issuing the Proclamation, slaves would have effected an unmanageable insurrection, and the nation would doubtless have collapsed into an unrecoverable state of ruin in all aspects. As such, Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation had been further justified, and his modern heroic standing is even more

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