Abraham Lincoln And The American Civil War

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The freedom of America’s slaves has always been accredited to Abraham Lincoln, but he was not always the complete abolitionist as he is commonly portrayed. The “house divided”, as Lincoln depicted it in his famous “House Divided” speech, of the United States during the Civil War was not always led towards the freedom of all mankind and there is sufficient evidence to support this claim. The sixteenth president of the United States is most commonly remembered for inducing the courage and determination to end the American Civil War with the Emancipation Proclamation although, when it is more closely studied, he did not cross the great divide of enslavement vs. freedom with the submittal of that fabled document. When reviewing the many famous quotes and speeches of Lincoln’s life it appears that he was opposed to all slavery and bondage, while when they are more closely examined, the quotes and speeches actually leaned towards his lack of strong opinion on the outcome of slavery. Lincoln is perceived as the most famous revolutionary of American history, but he did not live up to his legacy of being the eradicator of forced servitude.
‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the…
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