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Why did Abraham Lincoln want to abolish slavery? Show more Show less
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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's legacy is that of a man and President of the people. His acts during his presidency, such as the Emancipation Proclamation and his support of the end of slavery were all markers of his commitment to bettering social justice and equality for all people.
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Abraham Lincoln always viewed slavery as unjust

Abraham Lincoln viewed slavery as inhumane and unjust from the beginning of his life. His advocacy against slavery led to the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13, 14, and 15th amendments.

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Abraham Lincoln viewed slavery as morally unjust and wrong from the beginning of his life. Abraham Lincoln worked alongside abolitionists to improve Black lives and abolish slavery. [1] In a three hour speech in 1854, Abraham Lincoln admonished slavery and opposed it legally, socially, and economically. [2] Lincoln avidly opposed slavery for the entirety of his life and took measured steps throughout his time as a lawyer and President to work with abolitionists against the institution of slavery. [3]

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Abraham Lincoln did not seek to end slavery during his term as President. Abraham Lincoln did not wish to alter the Constitution, which sanctioned slavery. [1]

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  1. https://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-not-know-about-lincoln-slavery-and-emancipation
  2. https://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-not-know-about-lincoln-slavery-and-emancipation
  3. https://www.npr.org/2010/10/11/130489804/lincolns-evolving-thoughts-on-slavery-and-freedom
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