Abraham Lincoln, Slavery and the American Civil War Essay

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This investigation will analyze how Abraham Lincoln's view on slavery reflected during and after the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. To analyze exactly how Lincoln's position on slavery affected the war overall, this investigation looks at Lincoln's moral and religious views as well as his social and political views. Two main sources were used, both dealing with events relevant to his political career and his roots in his career and other important issues including slavery. Lincoln by David Herbert Donald tells a deep and detailed story on all aspects of his life and career. Abraham Lincoln and the Union deals with his struggle towards Union victory. Both Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln and the Union will be evaluated for their values, …show more content…
Others suggested he take a softer position on slavery he responded forcefully with these words: “Let there be no compromise on the question of extending slavery.” Lincoln had a firm position and didn't deviate from it: every time a slave bill was passed, he proceeded to vote against the spread of slavery. The separation between North and South revolved around this “peculiar institution.” In the South, Slavery was used heavily in the economy. Lincoln said that Slavery and abolitionists cannot coexist if there were to be a Union. This “house,” or Union collapsed quickly. The South's secession was the main concern with Lincoln in office. The idea of a split was horrifying and to keep the Union and to defend the Constitution was Lincoln's first priority. It had come to his attention that freeing the slaves had to be done in late 1862. At the time Abraham Lincoln was known as President Lincoln and Commander in Chief. In January of 1863, Lincoln gave an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation as a necessary action of war. Using his elevated power, he addressed the shortcomings of Congress, who couldn't effectively control slavery, and declared all “persons held as slaves... shall not then be practically recognized [as slaves ... but are] forever... free.” The Emancipation Proclamation went beyond the attempts of Congress to control slavery as in the Second Confiscation Act of 1862. Some direct effects
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