Lincoln's motivations on the abolishment of slavery

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Abraham Lincoln was regarded as one of the greatest presidents of the United States due to his significant impact on the nation. He is renowned for his remarkable achievement of issuing the Emancipation Proclamation calling the end of slavery. However, winning the Antietam Civil War against the Confederates to reunite the nation was Abraham Lincoln’s primary objective.

The Emancipation Proclamation prevented the involvement of foreign nations in the Civil War, as some countries in Europe were considering aiding the South region. The Europeans were counting on the South for their cotton plantation, while the South were dependent on them for the war effort. For example, the British factories had strong financial interest in a continuous supply of cotton, so despite their opposition to slavery, they generally leaned towards the Confederates.

In order to recognize the ultimate purpose of the Emancipation Proclamation, one must examine Lincoln’s strategy in the Civil war as a whole. The goal behind was obviously strategic. As he described in the proclamation, the abolishment of slavery was “a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing [the rebellion of the Southern states].” Lincoln was prepared to save the Union in every possible way, regardless whether or not to even tackle the issue of slavery. He did not even draft the proclamation until late 1862. The time period further explain the motives behind Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln did not sign the documents in order to give the African-American slaves freedom and equality over all Americans. In reality, it served its purpose to destroy the South's labor force and weaken their war effort. To gain understanding of the strategy, let’s take a further look at ...

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