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            President Abraham Lincoln did not originally want to free the slaves, he rather.
             looked upon the black vs white situation with the mind set of the need for one superior,.
             and one inferior, and had no intention of bringing equality of the black and white races.
             This changed in 1862 when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation which freed all of.
             the black slaves in the Confederacy from their owners. This reconciled his original.
             statement in a number of ways including socially and politically.
             Lincoln's statement," I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in.
             any way the social and political equality of the white and black races," was reconciled by.
             the Emancipation Proclamation by freeing the slaves. This may have freed the slaves,.
             but it ended there, it would be many years until blacks would share the political equality.
             that former white masters had. Social equality is still a problem in some parts of the.
             United States and may forever remain there; Though Social equality was encouraged by .
             declaring t hat "such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service.
             of the United States to garrison ports, positions, stations and other places, and to man .
             vessels of all sorts in said service."(emancipation proc.).
             Politically, the current state of the war affected his viewpoints. After the battle of.
             Richmond, Lincoln decided it would be a better course for the Union to be against.
             slavery, as to promote unity amongst the Union. If say, the outcome of Richmond had .
             come out differently, Abraham may have chosen to support slavery. He thought that "a.
             house divided amongst itself cannot stand," and that "it will become one thing or.
             another." By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation he sealed the country's fate as an.
             anti-slavery state, which caused European countries to back away from supporting the .
             south because of their use of slaves.
             The Political and Social equality issues that he brought up in 1858 with his.

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