Abraham Lincoln And The Abolition Of Slavery

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Even though the abolishment of slavery is a glorious accomplishment during his administration, it was not the only defining factor of Abraham Lincoln when he was president. Lincoln saw past the inequality of black and white and regarded equality and freedom above all as a basis for a united nation because he wrote the Gettysburg Address at a crucial time during the civil war to earn favor among freed slaves and to those opposed to slavery in the North and he decreed the Emancipation Proclamation as a stepping stone to achieve his ultimate goal.

Lincoln had deep feelings on the subject of liberty. He knew it was a vital but delicate concept, which needed to be cared for. Nearly a ten years earlier, in the midst of agitation over the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Lincoln had said in Peoria, Illinois: "Little by little, but steadily as man 's march to the grave, we have been giving up the old for the new faith. Nearly eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for some men to enslave others is a 'sacred right of self-government. ' These principles cannot stand together. They are as opposite as God and Mammon; and whoever holds to the one must despise the other.” (1) Perhaps as a young man, Lincoln had done his share of useless labor to fulfill his quota. Lincoln did what was necessary and, in return, he expected others to do the same. His work ethic was key to his attitudes toward

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