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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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Abraham Lincoln did not consider himself an abolitionist

Abraham Lincoln worked alongside abolitionists, but did not consider himself an abolitionist. Abraham Lincoln did not want to change or re-write the constitution to end slavery, unlike the abolitionists.

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Abraham Lincoln did not consider himself to be an abolitionist; he did feel that slavery was morally wrong, but did not wish to change the law to eradicate it. [1] Abolitionists were set on changing constitutional law to end slavery and give Black people equal rights.[1] Abraham Lincoln did not agree; he did not wish to alter the constitution. [1] In a court case in the 1830's, young lawyer Abraham Lincoln represented a Kentucky slave holder. [2] In the 1850's, Abraham Lincoln spoke about sending slaves back to Africa in a speech, theorizing that would solve the racism and issues surrounding slavery in the United States. [3] Abraham Lincoln did not consider himself an abolitionist and compared to true abolitionists of the time, was far from the progressive and slavery-ending President that history has painted him to be.

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Abraham Lincoln was an abolitionist because he wanted to end slavery and felt slavery was morally unjust.

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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.npr.org/2010/10/11/130489804/lincolns-evolving-thoughts-on-slavery-and-freedom
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