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Abraham Lincoln: Positions & Views on Slavery

How did Abraham Lincoln interpret the Declaration of Independence as it relates to Americans? Is there anything that Lincoln said about African Americans that surprises you? Is so, what is it? Why are you surprised? What is the significance of Lincoln's interpretation of the Declaration of Independence for Americans today.

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Abraham Lincoln and Slavery

Abraham Lincoln's childhood in the frontier and his rise as a political giant is a familiar historical knowledge in American history. 'Honest Abe' is seen as the man who 'freed' the slaves being that individual that finally laid the debate on whether or not Slavery should be allowed in American Society as legal practice via the Emancipation Proclamation on February 12, 1809. Due to the varied debates and differences between the States on their opinion and positions on Slavery, during his time as a Senator, the Union was in danger of falling apart. The 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates was the series of debates between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, one of Lincoln's rivals from his days in the Illinois state capital. Douglas was a prominent Democrat who himself was anti-slavery. He opposed the constitution of Kansas due to their pro-slavery constitution which was in danger of being made legal, at least in said State. While the debate could have been concentrated on the legality of the constitution, the debate between the rivals was on the legality of slavery altogether. Douglas was voting for a compromise between slavery and the law, allowing it in several instances. Lincoln argued that it is clear issue of a yes or no to slavery which ought to encompass all of the union. His 'House Divided Speech' was due to this - for Lincoln the union either 'stands together on the issue' or break down as a nation. Lincoln debated that slavery violated the important tenet of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. For him, ...

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The solution is a comprehensive APA-format essay that looks at the manner by which Abraham Lincoln interpreted the American Declaration of Independence as it relates to Americans and African-Americans. The solution looks at Lincoln's personal history to unearth rationale behind such views as well as utilizes excerpt from his speeches and a position-analysis of these speeches and their implications to provide the basis of ascertaining his positions. References are provided. A word version is attached for easy printing.