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The Importance Of The Great Emancipator

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There has been great debate as to whether President Abraham Lincoln deserved the accolade "The Great Emancipator". Up until taking this class, I believed that he was the Great Emancipator. Although Lincoln wanted an eventual end to slavery implemented through the constitution, he was not able to envision "free white and black Americans living side by side in society" (McClain, n.d., slide 9). At the time, slaves were considered “property”, and according the fifth amendment of the Bill of Rights: The government must pay owners “just compensation” when it takes property. It was believed the Government did not have the resources to compensate southern owners in order to free their slaves (Kennedy & Cohen, 2012). This belief also contradicted…show more content…
The border-states, those between the North and South, were known as the “Butternut” states (Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois) were torn between Northern Abolitionists, and the Southern Aristocracy, and were teetering to side with the South before the Civil War actually broke out. Lincoln’s main goal during his presidency was to preserve the Union, and he used the Emancipation Proclamation as a tool to garner support from the Butternut region and the North (Kennedy & Cohen, 2012). Freeing the slaves gave the North and the government the moral ground when it came to the war, and made the South look like the bad…show more content…
The first being Harriet Beecher Stowe who was the author of Uncle Tom 's Cabin. Through her book, she convinced many Americans that slavery was wrong and which contributed to an uprise in debates over slavery. It was so influential that when President Lincoln met her, he claimed that Harriet Beecher Stowe was the little woman who wrote the book that started the great Civil War (Norton, 2014, Question 5). She had such an unarguably large impact on American and worldwide debate over slavery. Stowe aimed to mobilize her reader’s hearts and sense of injustice on behalf on slavery. One of the many notable things she did was raise awareness of slavery in Europe (particularly in Britain). This is important because it caused the Europeans to remain neutral in the Civil War, as opposed to siding with the