Abraham Lincoln And The Emancipation Proclamation

2066 Words Oct 23rd, 2014 9 Pages
In school we are taught that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. This statement is reinforced continuously throughout our education, beginning from the time we are in elementary school to when we are in high school. However, it’s never really expounded upon when taught. The discussion never goes further than ‘Abraham Lincoln enacted the Emancipation Proclamation and thus freed the slaves’, but is still able to instill the implication that he did so out of his own moral values and that life for ex-slaves was better for it. The truth of the matter is actually the complete opposite. The emancipation proclamation was a purely political decision that instead of truly freeing the slaves, only served to keep them bound. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He moved between Kentucky and Indiana a little bit with his family and also traveled with his friend when he was old enough to do so. In 1831 he settled down in New Salem where he lived for 6 years, until he moved to Springfield, Illinois. He was a member of the Whig party, where under the guise of John T. Stuart, he studied law, obtaining licensure in 1836, and a year later became Stuart’s partner. He was successfully part of the Springfield legislature and when he retired, had a successful law practice. He also served one term in Congress but after that term was done, he was so discouraged by the embarrassing political reputation he’d created for himself in his opposition of the…
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