Lincoln viewed the Declaration of Independence as the basis of such a government, and the Constitution as an outline to follow. War could have been avoided if President Lincoln would have done nothing about the South’s plans of succession. Abraham Lincoln based his theories on the founding fathers which led him to believe it was his constitutional responsibility to hold the Union together. President Lincoln wanted to avoid the Union from becoming small, weak confederacies that would start arguing and lead the United States back to the hands of Europe. After the Union’s victory in the civil war, the Confederate State
The outcome of these would likely be an armistice between the two sides, with the Confederacy gaining the independence it sought. All the South had to do to get Lincoln out of office was stay strong until the elections. This failed when William T. Sherman was able to capture Atlanta in September 1864, giving the Union confidence in their ability to win, and the will to continue fighting. This Southern embarrassment would have been avoided if they decimated Northern assets while they were still strong. They instead decided to wait in their own territory until Northern forces broke through and made them look weak.
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was not actually written for the purpose of freeing any slaves. Rather, it was a war tactic to militarily weaken the South, add soldiers to the Union cause, and please abolitionist Northerners. From the start of the Civil War, Lincoln clarified that the goal of the war was not “`to put down slavery, but to put the flag back,’” and he refused to declare the war as a war over slavery (Brodie 155 as qtd. in Klingaman 75-76). In a letter to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, in August 1862, Lincoln wrote: “My paramount object in this struggle is not either to save or destroy slavery.
The Crucible of War by Fred Anderson An account of ex-slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass opens this chapter. When news arrived of the Confederacy firing on Fort Sumter, Douglass cheered the outbreak of the fighting and Lincoln's vow to maintain the Union. Douglass recognized that the Union was fighting solely to uphold the Constitution and preserve the nation, not to end slavery; but he also understood, much earlier than most, that a war to save the Union would inevitably become a war to end slavery. "And the War Came" President Lincoln was determined to stop the spread of secession and to take no action that would push the still undecided Upper South into seceding. He sought to reassure the Deep South of the safety of slavery, giving Unionists there the possibility of reasserting themselves and overturning the secession decision, but at the same time he made it clear that he was determined to uphold the Union.
Comparing the Views of Plato and Abraham Lincoln on the Civil War Lincoln believed that a system of government divided among itself was doomed for collapse; "a house divided cannot stand." This philosophy earliest roots are evident in Plato's masterpiece, The Republic. Socrates states that perfection, which he refers to as justice, in a governed body is harmony among all classes of people-"The rebellious part is by nature the whole of vice. "1 In order for the United States to survive as a nation, the government had to remain Federal. The southern establishment had to be brought back into the Union, or it had to be destroyed.2Although Socrates would agree with Lincoln's motives for preserving the Union, he would not believe his means to do so were just.
Both sides wanted Kentucky but recognized that the first to cross its borders risked losing popular support. Confederate Brigadier General Gideon J. Pillow rashly seized Columbus, Kentucky, on the Mississippi River bluffs, a move that appalled President Jefferson Davis, who first ordered Pillow to withdraw, then allowed him to stay when he realized that the deed could not be reversed. Grant, commanding at Cairo, Illinois, then occupied Paducah at the mouth of the Tennessee and Smithland at the mouth of the Cumberland, strategic points neglected by General Gideon Pillow. In November Grant tested Confederate strength at Columbus by landing troops across the Mississippi River at Belmont, Missouri. The drawn battle that followed sent him back to Cairo still eager to advance, but not necessarily along the Mississippi River.
The future of the United States was decided in this war. Abraham Lincoln knew that for any further issues regarding slavery would only hurt the US so he realized that the decision would have to be either slavery or no slavery. He knew that the future would Congress and House should not have to decide laws that govern slavery. He knew that if the Confederacy lost the war, they would need to join the US again because their country would not stand. He was aware that the Union could act upon this without low opposition because he did not have Southern protesting.
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.
Lit Review Sharks are some of the most feared predators by humans and of course my favorite animal. Their numbers are becoming dangerously close to extinction. The elimination of sharks would affect our entire ecosystem in ways we cannot even fathom. The biggest cause for the decline in shark population is shark fishing. Shark fishing is “the practice of cutting of the shark’s fins and throwing the still living shark back into the sea to die.” (Kettles) My goal is to explain how shark finning, which will lead to the extinction of sharks, will effect our environment and discuss the importance of their conservation.
As president of the military in the Civil War, Lincoln was agonized over the backing of the borderline slave states and the Northern Democrats. This Confederacy would have possibly won the war against the Union if the Republicans had tried to abolish slavery as early as