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Lincoln on Slavery

Fragment on Slavery Lincoln often encountered views supporting slavery. I do oppose the extension of slavery, because my judgment and feelings so prompt me; and I am under no obligation to the contrary. II, October 16, How little they know, whereof they speak! The resulting Lincoln-Douglas debates gave each candidate ample opportunity to publicly express his opinions on slavery.

Letter to James N. I suppose it may long exist, and perhaps the best way for it to come to an end peaceably is for it to exist for a length of time.

Speech at Peoria, Illinois Lincoln, in a speech at Peoria, attacked slavery on the grounds that its existence within the United States made American democracy appear hyprocritical in the eyes of the world.

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When it is said that the institution exists; and that it is very difficult to get rid of it, in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying. Letter To William H. The difference between these opinions and those contained in the said resolutions, is their reason for entering this protest.

I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world -- enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites -- causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty -- criticising [sic] the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest.

III, October 18, If they were all landed there in a day, they would all perish in the next ten days; and there are not surplus shipping and surplus money enough in the world to carry them there in many times ten days. That such necessity does not exist in the teritories[sic], where slavery is not present.

I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. Douglas, Quincy, Illinois In the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Douglas maintained that the Founding Fathers established this nation half-slave and half-free in the belief that it would always be so.

That sight was a continual torment to me; and I see something like it every time I touch the Ohio, or any other slave-border. Lincoln began his public career by claiming that he was "antislavery" -- against slavery's expansion, but not calling for immediate emancipation.

You may remember, as I well do, that from Louisville to the mouth of the Ohio there were, on board, ten or a dozen slaves, shackled together with irons. To oppose him, they nominated Abraham Lincoln. I have said a hundred times, and I have now no inclination to take it back, that I believe there is no right, and ought to be no inclination in the people of the free States to enter into the slave States, and interfere with the question of slavery at all.

So far there is no cause of difference.

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It is hardly fair to you to assume, that I have no interest in a thing which has, and continually exercises, the power of making me miserable. I also acknowledge your rights and my obligations, under the constitution, in regard to your slaves. II, August 1, [?: Seventh and Last Debate with Stephen A.

I combat it as being one of the thousand things constantly done in these days to prepare the public mind to make property, and nothing but property of the negro in all the States of the Union. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and Lincoln writings them to Liberia, -- to their own native land.

He vigorously supported the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery throughout the United States, and, in the last speech of his life, he recommended extending the vote to African Americans.

This expressed his belief that African Americans should be granted full political equality. When southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery, than we; I acknowledge the fact.

It was from this monumental work that these selections were taken. I believe our government was thus framed because of the necessity Lincoln writings from the actual presence of slavery, when it was framed. Judge Douglas, and whoever like him teaches that the negro has no share, humble though it may be, in the Declaration of Independence, is going back to the era of our liberty and independence, and so far as in him lies, muzzling the cannon that thunders its annual joyous return; that he is blowing out the moral lights around us; when he contends that whoever wants slaves has a right to hold them; that he is penetrating, so far as lies in his power, the human soul, and eradicating the light of reason and the love of liberty, when he is in every possible way preparing the public mind, by his vast influence, for making the institution of slavery perpetual and national.

There we should in every way resist it as a wrong, treating it as a wrong, with the fixed idea that it must and will come to an end. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles -- right and wrong -- throughout the world. It is also unsatisfactory to some that the elective franchise is not given to the colored man.

Is it quite certain that this betters their condition?Selected Speeches and Writings by Abraham Lincoln The source of this small sample of letters, speeches, and writings is The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P.

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