The Truth About Abraham Lincoln

April 11, 2009

Abraham Lincoln

What were President Abraham Lincoln’s true motives in abolishing slavery during the Civil War?

A letter to the editor in the Feb. 28, 2009 edition of The Economist rightfully juxtaposes what is commonly believed to be his ethically concerns about slavery with what apparently his real goals were.

In a letter to Horace Greeley, a founding editor of the New York Tribune, Lincoln wrote the following:

“If I could save the Union without freeing any slaves, I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it, and if I could do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.”

More than 140 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, it seems two Lincolns have emerged: the one who used any political means necessary to save the union and the one taught in school history books.  Good thing there are books like A People’s History of the United States to present alternate views on history.

Emancipation Proclamation


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