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Abraham Lincoln is painted as a hero in American history books, but his true position on slavery during the Civil War has been debated by historians. Abraham Lincoln's motives were unclear and questionable.

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Abraham Lincoln never considered himself to be an abolitionist, nor did he have plans to end slavery when beginning his term as president. Lincoln realized it would increase his political power by denouncing slavery and that choosing a side in the impending Civil War was inevitable.
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Emancipation was a military policy

Abraham Lincoln did not want to emancipate all Black people and slaves at once. Abraham Lincoln feared further Southern rebellion if slaves were unanimously freed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation in a military attempt to appease both the Northern abolitionist and Southern slave holders.
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The Emancipation Proclamation was a military policy issued by the Abraham Lincoln administration to stall any further conflict during the already raging Civil War. Abraham Lincoln viewed emancipation as a gradual progress. [1] The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the Southern States because they had succeeded from the Union and were not under the law anymore. [1] The Emancipation Proclamation was meant to weaken the Confederacy and shift public perception of the war. Its true purpose was not to end slavery or fight for Black Lives and equality. [2] The Emancipation Proclamation was a military policy to assist the Northern Union in winning the war.

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The Emancipation Proclamation changed the tide of the war from an economic one to a moral one. [3] The moral issue of slavery took front and center of the war and incited more enthusiasm and fervor for Union soldiers to fight and abolish slavery as a means of winning the war. [4] In this way, the Emancipation Proclamation was much more than a military policy, but it changed the tide of the war and gave it a named purpose. The Emancipation Proclamation was also a major step in eradicating US slavery and racism.

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  1. https://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-lincoln-slavery-and-emancipation
  2. https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2013/05/facing-facts-about-lincoln-and-his-views-slavery/
  3. https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2013/05/facing-facts-about-lincoln-and-his-views-slavery/
  4. https://www.marinersmuseum.org/blogs/civilwar/?p=2993
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