George Douglas And Abraham Lincoln

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In Robert E. May’s, Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropic, May tackles the notion of slavery in the tropics and how Douglas and Lincoln campaigned against slavery in the tropics . He first states the differences between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln’s positions concerning southward expansionism and how these two influential men arrived at and supported their stances. Robert May goes on to show potential U.S. expansion into Latin American and Caribbean territories led to the growing discontent of states within the Union and the rise of Lincoln. Slavery in the tropics, according to May, was the reason the Union dissolved.
Their parties preferences and notions of slavery are what led to the diverging positions of Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln on the issue of southward expansion. May states, “Douglass and Lincoln arrived at their starkly different positions on Americans expansion southward after the United States and Mexico became embroiled in war, less than a half year after congress finalized Texas’s annexation” (38). Lincoln did not approve of America expansion or America’s idea of Manifest Destiny, whether that be Texas and down south or the West. Lincoln was more focused on improving internal problems within the United States than engaging in a foreign war with the British and the properties in the Caribbean and Oregon, the Mexicans and their claims to most of west coast, and the French or Spanish controlled territories in the south. Lincoln was said to…
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