Emancipation Proclamation Essay

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The Emancipation Proclamation The American Civil War and the ending of slavery through issuing the Emancipation Proclamation are the two crucial events of U.S. history. Perhaps the war would not have occurred if slavery did not exist because it is one of the main reasons that the southerners and northerners got into conflict. However, if there was no Civil War and Lincoln did not issue the Emancipation Proclamation declaring the freedom of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America, then slavery and liberation would not have taken the same course. Thus, the Emancipation Proclamation was a momentous event that many historians have been discussed its significance in U.S. history and that a lot of people now are still…show more content…
The core of the controversy was neither Northern nor Southern States wanted to loose their influence in Congress due to the admission of the new states to the Union. The Constitution did not give the federal government powers to regulate and abolish slavery where it already existed, but it did not predetermine the status of slavery in future state. Since the law made it possible for Congress to impose whatever status it wished on the new states, that was where the conflict began among the members of Congress. Although Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president in 1860 and 1864, would come to be remembered as the Great Emancipator, he did not begin his presidency with the goal of freeing slaves. The fact that he opposed to slavery also did not make him believe in racial equality. Before he became president, he did not yet think that blacks should be given all the civil rights such as voting or serving on juries. He simply wanted to preserve the Union and to build a strong federal government. However, people got him all wrong. The northerners voted for him in 1860 hoping that he would free the slaves and the Southern States seceded from Union because they had misunderstood Lincoln’s original intent of maintaining the Union. Faced with different points of view, Lincoln was such a talented politician that when it come to
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