Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Taylor Hadden

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler "Letter to Henry L. Pierce and Others" (April 6, 1858), Lincoln was a man who was strongly against slavery. He wanted freedom for all. He became president in 1861 and had claimed to be “antislavery”. Thus, Lincoln was against the spread of slavery not just calling for immediate emancipation. However, January 1, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation stated that “all persons held as slaves are and henceforward shall be free.” Although the Proclamation was very extensive, it only applied to the states that had seceded from the union. The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation but it did transform the character of the war. With the Emancipation, black men were now accepted into the Union Army and Navy. Some people thought it was wrong to abolish slavery. Many thought that the slaves would die without their masters, or would be terrible people, killing, raping, and stealing from whites. It was said by many that it was better for the slaves to be “well-kept” by their owners. I disagree with those people and believe that Lincoln had the proper mindset on slavery. Every human should have the same rights. Just because their skin is a different color does not make them bad people or unable to survive without “owners”. After the Emancipation was signed, over 200,000 black men served in the war. This shows that blacks could be independent, and live peacefully among whites. Taylor Hadden Fisher High School Fisher, IL