Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

2067 Words Oct 6th, 2014 9 Pages
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation:
Was Lincoln a Racist?
Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest and the most venerable president of the United State, he is famous for the contribution that issued Emancipation Proclamation that granted the hope of African Americans got U.S citizenship and legal rights from federal government, promoted the development of unifying nation. However, even though the Emancipation Proclamation recognize and maintain freedom of slaves, plenty of sources indicate that Lincoln was dedicated in Africa American’s migration, which is sceptical that was he a racist completely in some degrees?
Lincoln’s racial belief was related to his environment in the period and the place he grown up, both of them were the main elements of impacting his attitude about Africa Americans. According to the document it is clear that he was born on 1809, in the early 19th century,(1) the situation of slaves is explained detailedly by Bjornlund:
The racism that existed in the United States in the 1950s was born hundreds of years earlier with the institution of slavery. For over two hundred years, until slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, slavery had been a dominant social and economic force in the South. By 1860, the census counted the slave population at 4 million. The slavery had none of the rights accorded to American citizens. Most worked for white owners as domestic servants and farm laborers. The most enlightened slave owners…
Open Document