Abraham Lincoln

Abraham LincolnOne of the central topics in the field of American history is the position of Abraham Lincoln on slavery. In his early presidency his goal was to stop the further expansion of slavery by means of offering countervailed emancipation. This offer was only accepted by Washington D.C.

In 1860 he supported the Republican Party and stated out that slavery shall not expand to other areas of the country, as it would not permit free labor on free soil. Abraham Lincoln cannot be described as an abolitionist, as he did not stand up for the ultimate end of slavery in all territories of the United States.

Before becoming the 16th president of the US, Lincoln married the daughter of a popular slave-owning family – Mary Todd. Despite this new family Abraham Lincoln returned to politics in 1854 and supported the Kansas-Nebraska-Act. This act leveled against the political power of the slave owners in the south of the country. It offered the right for the settlers of Kansas and Nebraska to decide by their own if they would accept slavery in their territory or not.

During the Civil War of America, Abraham Lincoln made use of his political power as a president and issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. This approval pointed out that all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free. But this statement excluded border and slave states. Slaves who already flew to the Union side were freed. Later, more areas of the south underlay the Federal Union control. Millions of slaves were released.