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Abraham Lincoln vs the Radical Republicans

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How did Lincoln's successful attempts to merge clashing personalities within his political cabinet lead to both the abolition of slavery and victory of the Civil War and how did it contrast with the principles of Radical Republicans? Table of Contents: INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………..3 HISTORICAL CONTEXT……………………………………………………….3 LINCOLN: GRADUAL EMANCIPATOR………………………………......….6 RADICAL REPUBLICANS: SWIFT EMANCIPATORS………………………9 CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………….. WORKS CITED……………………………………………………………….. Introduction Abraham Lincoln is known as the President who helped to free the slaves, lead the Union to victory over the confederates in the American Civil War, preserve the union of the United States and modernize the economy. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued through Presidential constitutional authority on January 1st, 1863, declared that all slaves in the ten remaining slave states were to be liberated and remain liberated. The Emancipation Proclamation freed between three and four million slaves, however, since it was a Presidential constitutional authority and not though congress, the Emancipation Proclamation failed to free slaves in Border States like Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky and Missouri. Essentially, states that were under Federal Government and loyal to the Union did not have their slaves liberated; Lincoln even stating “When it took effect in January 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation freed 3.1 million of the nation's 4 million slaves.” Some argue Lincoln issued this Proclamation in an attempt to satisfy the demands of Radical Republicans, members of a group within the Republican Party. Radical Republicans were a group of politicians who strongly... ... middle of paper ... ...omery, David. Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans. Knopf Publishing Company, 1967. Print. • Neely, Mark. The Fate of Liberty; Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties. Oxford University Press, 1991. Print • Norton, Mary Beth, et al, A People and a Nation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. • Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican. 2008. Print. • Rice, Thorndike, Allen. Reminiscence of Abraham Lincoln By Distinguished Men Of His Time. North American Publishing Company, 1886. Print • Royale, Edward. Radicals, Secularists, and Republicans. Manchester United Press, 1980. Print. • Sandburg, Carl and Edward Goodman. The Prairie Years and the War Years. Sterling Publishing, 1954. Print. • Summers, Mark. Railroads, reconstruction, and the gospel of prosperity: Aid under the Radical Republicans. Princeton University Press, 1951, Print.

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  • Explains how lincoln's successful attempts to merge clashing personalities within his political cabinet led to both the abolition of slavery and victory of the civil war and how it contrasted with the principles of radical republicans.
  • Explains that abraham lincoln helped to free slaves, lead the union to victory over the confederates in the american civil war, preserve the union of the united states and modernize the economy.
  • Explains that the declaration of independence was a document drafted by the continental congress in 1776. it promised life, liberty and property to all those who lived in the united states.
  • Explains that the rapid geographical growth of the united states was largely due to the louisiana purchase of 1803.
  • Explains that missouri's entry into the union was stalled, partly because northern congressmen knew how important the state was to the south.
  • Explains that abraham lincoln served as the first republican president between 1861 and 1865. his personality, ambition, wit, and shrewdness earned him the nomination.
  • Explains that lincoln's decision to elect his enemies into the important cabinet positions around him was a questionable one, considering if he failed his thought provoking choice would be catastrophic.
  • Analyzes how lincoln set up the american civil war as an attempt to preserve the union as opposed to in the interest of the abolition of slavery.
  • Explains that the confiscation acts were passed by the united states congress and were heavily supported by radical republicans during the civil war.
  • Explains that the second confiscation act allowed the seizure of land and property from those who supported the confederacy.
  • Analyzes how lincoln's tone reflects his confidence in his success in transforming the mindsets of whites through the adoption of the emancipation proclamation.
  • Analyzes how the radical republicans had an agenda regarding reconstruction that differed from that of lincoln. the wade davis bill served as a reflection of the group's ideals.
  • Analyzes foner, eric, free soil, free labor, and free men: the ideology of the republican party before.
  • Explains that james mohr, the radical republicans and reform in new york during reconstruction, cornell university press, 1973.
  • Opines that summers, mark, is of "rails, reconstruction, and the gospel of prosperity: aid under the radical republicans".
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