The great emancipator
In response to the statement “Abraham Lincoln was not overly concerned with his own political fortunes. He was, indeed, a Great Emancipator who wished to free the slaves in order to bring the United States more into line with the principles of equality it had long professed.” I believe that this statement about Abe Lincoln is entirely false. Abe Lincoln decisions were not made for the best interest for slaves or equality. Lincoln’s main focus was the economic structure the north, the only reason why he wanted to do away with slavery was because he saw slavery as something that could hurt industrialization in the north. Through Lincolns own words he himself was a racist, though later in his life he was shaped to be more like the mythical “great emancipatory we know Lincoln as today.
As quoted from Lincolns speech from Charleston in 1858 “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 which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.” As quoted lincoln never believed in equality in fact he believed that the two races should forever be forbided to live with one another.
If Abe Lincoln thought that white and black should be separated then why would he be trying to free the slaves to live amongst whites in United States? One may ask. Well Lincoln never intended on the slaves staying in the United States, in fact his initial plan was to send them back to Africa once he had freed them. Lincoln also struggled with the use of the word “Nigger” which was a word used in that time to express people with black skin as a lesser race. To support this claim, lincoln uses this word in reply to President Fabre Nicholas Geffard of Haiti, “You can tell the President of Hayti that I...