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Abraham Lincoln's Reply to Horace Greeley (1862)locked


Whatever Abraham Lincoln s personal feelings about human chattel slavery his views as to his official position as president over a cruelly divided and deeply embittered nation were often complicated paradoxical and occasionally outright self contradictory A moderate on the question of slavery if only within his own party Lincoln at once believed that the United States was destined to either be a country of slaveholders or one in which the peculiar institution had been entirely abolished Such ideas formed the basis of many of his public utterances including his great House Divided speech delivered at the Illinois Republican Party convention in 1858 As a candidate for the U S Senate however and later as president Lincoln often expressed the view that while slavery was a wickedness fundamentally at odds with the laws of Christianity and the principles of the founding fathers and that while the spread of slavery into ...

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