Was Abraham Lincoln not really that into helping blacks?
Posted On April 12, 2011
Question by Allen is really lost: Was Abraham Lincoln not really that into helping blacks?
I guess I have been whitewashed by my liberal education or something. I actually read this quote in a book. Although I have been taught at different times whether or not the Civil War was fought even in part to free-slaves, I was never taught that Lincoln was essentially racist, in the most pure and essential use of the word.
Abraham Lincoln, as cited in “The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln,” Roy Basler, ed. 1953 New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press:
“I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races — that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races from living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior and I as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
Answer by officer hoyt
well let me explain it . abraham lincoln hated slavery with a passion but his weak spot was also that he was a people pleaser. he does not like agitating people, so he adopts this attitude of play along to get along. he condoned slavery so long as the southern states decided not to spread it to new territories like kansas. well when the southern confederates fired on fort sumter. he had no choice but to go to war with them cuz they wanted to secede, and form their own sovereign nation. lincoln wanted to preserve the union which is the only reason he went to war. he did not want to piss the south off by eradicating their slavery. he just wanted the union together as one. in comes the great thinkers of the era, thoreau, emerson, thaddeus sumner and wendell philips who told him he had to include EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION as part of the package of the war outcome. well he obliged.
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