The Legacy Of President Abraham Lincoln

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President Abraham Lincoln was the leader of the United States for five years, yet he is often only remembered for leading the Union to victory in the Civil War and freeing the slaves in the process. These accomplishments go together and it is easy to assume part of, if not the entire reason for war was to end slavery. He is credited with freeing the slaves because of his emancipation proclamation. This eventually brings and end to the institution, but should we really credit this all to Lincoln? Was Lincoln the only one to recognize the moral issues with slavery and destroy it with one single blow? African Americans are overlooked when talking about their emancipation but they were some of the strongest advocates for the end to slavery…show more content…
He continues by pleading, “…You, white fellow-citizens, constitute a very large majority of the voters … Therefore, we appeal to you to stand by us, and see that we are not unjustly punished” (McPherson, p. 16). Massachusetts representatives opposed the compromise in Washington which proved the importance the free northern blacks in attaining freedom for all African Americans. After these failed attempts at compromise, war ensues. In the early stages of the war many blacks ran across battle lines to the north attempting to escape bondage. Under the fugitive slave law, they were returned back to their owners. This begins to change after prominent free back leaders like Fredrick Douglass chastise the government for avoiding slavery as the central war issue. He exclaims, “Why? Oh! Why, in the name of all that is national, does our Government allow its enemies this powerful advantage? … The very stomach of the rebellion is the negro in the condition of a slave… The negro is the key of the situation – the pivot upon which the whole rebellion turns…” (McPherson, p. 39). He explains that not only is slavery is a moral issue that the war should be fought for, but he brings policy maker’s attentions to the fact that the south’s rebellion relies on slavery and without it would crumble. Douglass not only attacked the issue of slavery from the legislative side but also from a grassroots
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