Abraham Lincoln The Great Emancipator Analysis

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Introduction

Context
Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States of America from March 1861 until April 1865. During his term, he issued the famous Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which declared that all slaves in rebel states would be “henceforth and forever after free”. This led to the ultimate abolition of slavery in the United States of America in January 1865, after more than 200 years of its existence there. This act, Lincoln said himself was, "the central act of my administration, and the greatest event of the 19th century." Since then, popular belief has held that Lincoln was the heroic “Great Emancipator”, who abolished slavery for humanitarian reasons, which are, by definition, reasons that are concerned with the welfare of humankind (Collins Dictionary, 2005). More recently, however, other opinions have come to light, suggesting that Lincoln had economic, military and political motives for abolishing slavery.
Historical Significance:
The Emancipation Proclamation was the first step towards a racially integrated America, and was the foundation for the Civil Rights and Black Power movements that eventually led to a legally equal society in
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Due to this, most sources I encountered were heavily biased towards this interpretation, and it was difficult to find sources to counteract this. I would therefore recommend that research should have been conducted into an issue that is not commonly perceived to have such a one-sided solution, but that is openly debated from both sides.
Due to these limitations, it is clear that this issue requires a much more in-depth analysis than what is given to find an accurate conclusion. Despite this, the evidence provided does go some way to proving Lincoln’s actions to be motivated more by his own greed for power than by selfless compassion for the
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