President Abraham Lincoln entered the war in order to preserve the union of the United States rather than to abolish slavery. Indeed, he repeatedly emphasized that his paramount objective in the war was to save the union, not to free the slaves. However, Lincoln has been such pressured by Abolitionists and Radical Republicans to issue an Emancipation Proclamation that he accepted, in that way, to transform the character of the war. Moreover, he realized that fighting in order to free the slaves would motivate his soldiers. On June the 19th 1862, Abraham Lincoln began the redaction of the Emancipation Proclamation. On September the 22nd 1862, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which was warning that on January the 1st, he would free all the slaves in the states still in rebellion against the Union.
[...] Abraham Lincoln, pushed by the abolitionists and the republicans issued then the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation was the result of the Civil War. In addition, the Emancipation Proclamation touched only the confederate states which were in war with the North. Indeed, in the fifth paragraph of his proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln noticed the states where slavery will be abolished. However, Abraham Lincoln knew perfectly that the proclamation changed the purpose of the war. The aim of the war was not the union of the country purely, but the abolition of slavery. [...]
[...] Indeed, the Emancipation Proclamation declared that all slaves were to be made free in the states in rebellion against the union. As a matter of a fact, the text reads on the paragraph two: "all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free". Moreover Abraham Lincoln wanted the slaves to have the same rights as "regular" American citizens. [...]
[...] The emancipation proclamation The Civil War An act of justice A military necessity Bibliography The Civil War President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation while the South and the North of the United States were in a bloody war. The country was separated into two parts. The southerners were in favour of slavery. In fact, their economy depended on slavery. They said that slavery was their "peculiar institution". That's why they strongly defended slavery. By comparison, the northerners wanted to abolish slavery for moral reasons. [...]
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