Abraham Lincoln Exceptionalism

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Introduction
Abraham Lincoln's actions during his presidency show that America isn’t an Exceptional country. While Abraham Lincoln was president, he struggled with keeping a balance between ethics and politics, therefore his actions always contradicted his moral beliefs. One of the most important aspects of America that Lincoln wanted to preserve was our peace; and he proved that he was willing to do anything to keep it.
Argument
Abraham Lincoln disproves American exceptionalism by favoring the white race, instead of showing equality, he tried to blend interests of the government; the white race, and slaves. Slavery was never one of Lincoln's top priorities, even though he publically agreed “that slavery was founded on injustice and bad policy” (Zinn) instead of fighting for what was morally correct he kept did not stand up for his beliefs. When the Fugitive Slave law was passed, Lincoln refused to abolish the law in his heart this law was injustice and had sympathy for the slaves, yet no action was taken. The Fugitive law state that gave any southern slave owner the right to hunt down slaves who had escaped and fled to another state. Instead of completely abolishing slavery, Lincoln's initial solution was to free the slaves, but send them back to Africa; this displayed that Lincoln didn’t rather please the superior race, the whites than allow african-American people the freedom to live in America. Abraham focus was more or becoming president again than being steadfast to his beliefs; depending on who his audience was, he said whatever needed to be said in order to gain votes. During a speech in Southern Illinois, where slavery is permitted he states “I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races…… I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race”. Abraham never intended on making the black race an equal race to the whites, in his mind whites would and should always be the dominant race. In Lincoln’s first inauguration speech on March 4, 1961 he states “I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States

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