Essay on Abraham Lincoln on "Slavery"

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Abraham Lincoln on Slavery

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg. 211, Johnson). Many Americans believe him to be one of the greatest presidents to ever serve in office. One thing that distinguished Lincoln from all the other former presidents was his distinct philosophy on slavery: that it is unfair and unjust to enslave another human being. Lincoln supported his opinion with a simple formula labeled the ‘Fragment on Slavery’ (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg. 20, Johnson), in which he described slavery as being easily applicable to anyone-not just blacks. By applying race or color, intellectual ability, or interest, Lincoln’s logic proved that if
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It is also important to note that Lincoln also goes on to say; “...the Republicans inculcate, with whatever ability they can, that the Negro is a man; that his bondage is cruelly wrong and that the field of his oppression ought not be enlarged...” ( Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg.29, Johnson). Lincoln therefore, clearly believes that blacks are men, which clearly shows that he was illustrating that slavery turns men into animals. Through Lincoln’s election to the presidency, Republicans firmly believed that slavery was wrong and that it needed to be abolished. However, Lincoln repeatedly insisted that; “...they did not intend to harm it where it already existed, only to prevent it from expanding...” (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War. pg.39, Johnson). Lincoln also repeatedly expressed that he did not want blacks to be socially equal to whites although he still maintained that blacks deserve the same inalienable rights to, “...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness affirmed in the Declaration of Independence” (Abraham Lincoln Slavery and the Civil War, pg.39, Johnson). Lincoln also stated in the Douglas debate, “ ...I have not, nor
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