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The Real Lincoln

             When Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860, America was never the same. Lincoln was mainly remembered for his great roll in the Civil War, and his written documents, the Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamations. When growing up in school, teachers made Lincoln seem to be such a great leader, but after reading Thomas DiLorenzo's The Real Lincoln, Lincoln was shown for what he really was. He is generally associated with the freedom of slaves, keeping the Union together and being an all around great president. Lincoln wasn't a bad man, or a bad president, he was just a man with views jut like the rest of us. Just like any other American man would do, he did what he had to do to succeed.
             I don't think Lincoln much of a "great emancipator" like everyone said he was. He suggested that they should do away with slavery, which was part of his agenda. This idea would cause him to win against anyone. His true thoughts on slavery wasn't abolition, but he didn't want to keep it the same either. He supported a movement known as "Colonization" which was based on the idea to free the slaves and rid them all of the U.S. by sending them to Liberia. A "great emancipator" would want these freed slaves to have a chance to live out the american dream.
             Slavery was not Lincoln's main concern, the state of the Union was. Lincoln had a chance to free slaves that were in Missouri, which had been taken by the Union in 1861 and was then named Union territory. The slaves that were in this territory and could have been freed. John Fremont, the Union General, created the Marshall Law. The Marshall law said that anyone who didn't cooperate with the Union Army would have their property taken away and their slaves freed. When Lincoln heard this, he fired Fremont immediately. .
             Lincoln's true thoughts of racial equality come forward in a debate with Senator Stephen Douglas in Ottawa. Again, he contradicts himself on where his own stance on slavery is.

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