Why did Lincoln issue the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves in the states in rebellion? Was it a military strategy or a moral obligation? What do you think?
Why not both? *mexican music*
I don't think it takes away from it whatsoever if it was a military strategy (which it was). By the end of his life, Lincoln was set on ending slavery, and he did that.
Could it not be both?
Several reasons, to keep Europe out of the war, hoped slaves would fight for their freedom, to gain support from anti slavers in the North and to focus the war on the slavery issue.
It was to boost the morale of the north to have them fight for a cause. mainly it was to keep Britain and France from joining with the CSA, because they had already abolished it. Notice it didn't apply to border states, those were vital to victory.
It was a self proclaimed military strategy.
Military! Fredrick Douglas always knew Lincoln did not have the humanity of blacks in mind.
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in the rebelling states, not the north. So it was obviously a military move. He also planned to deport the freed slaves to the British colonies in the Caribbean after the war, but was killed first
If it was a moral obligation, he would've freed all slaves.
He said (this may not be word for word) "if I could preserve the union by freeing all of the slaves, I would do that, if I could do it by freeing some of the slaves, I would do that, if I could do it by freeing none of the slaves I would do that."
"I have no purpose directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of
slavery where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
- Lincoln, First Inaugural, 1861
It is interesting that he did not believe it legal but chose to do it anyway.
Everyone worships Lincoln too much, he wanted to ship the freed slaves to Latin America. But to be fair rebel, that quote was a failed attempt to appease the secessionists.
Skinner I know we have gone at it in the past but that just earned you a follow. I agree Lincoln is deified and should not be he was a tyrant.
So skinner either a) he was indifferent to slavery or b) sacrificed a moral conviction about human tragedy to get elected
Either way, not some patron saint of black freedom
Yeah I know, that's what I said rebel
Moral, it just included a big military bonus.
The slaves were being used to support the Confederate military effort by building fortifications and providing other services for the troops. By freeing the slaves they could basically trade sides and fight for the North, as many did.
Great question. I know I'm going to get buried but I think it was a military decision to deprive the south of a resource and to give the appearance of a moral rather than political struggle. It was an illegal federal seizure of property.
Very good thekk!