African American Leaders Post- Reconstruction Essay

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In 1854 Abraham Lincoln gave his Peoria, Kansas speech opposing slavery stating the Kansas Act had a "declared indifference, but as I must think, a covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate it. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because” it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world”. Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth President of the United States in 1861. Growing up in non-slave territories as a child and disapproving of slavery, Lincoln had little support in the South. With the country moving forward into a new capitalist society through modernization, new workers would be needed. The South, dependent on slave labor that Lincoln opposed begin to …show more content…
In 1854 Abraham Lincoln gave his Peoria, Kansas speech opposing slavery stating the Kansas Act had a "declared indifference, but as I must think, a covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate it. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because” it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world”. Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth President of the United States in 1861. Growing up in non-slave territories as a child and disapproving of slavery, Lincoln had little support in the South. With the country moving forward into a new capitalist society through modernization, new workers would be needed. The South, dependent on slave labor that Lincoln opposed begin to resent this new leadership and set out to form their Government. Because there were no laws regarding slavery, Republicans tried to compromise with the South with money and territory. Lincoln not in favor said "I will suffer death before I consent ... to any concession or compromise which looks like buying the privilege to take possession of this government to which we have a constitutional right." In 1861 Lincoln signed the Confiscation Act, which gave authority to confiscate and free slave supporting the Confederate Union. Abolitionists Horace Greeley and Frederick Douglass were urging Lincoln to free the slaves. Lincoln stated “If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not
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