Similarities Between Frederick Douglass And Abraham Lincoln

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On July 10th,1858 Abraham Lincoln once said, “I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.”. Lincoln was elected president twice between the start of the civil war and the end of it mentioned in his 2nd inaugural speech about the past present and future. Frederick Douglass who was once a slave learning to read and write himself but in the early 1840s started protesting for equality giving an idea in his speech “What, To the Slave, Is The Fourth Of July”. Lincoln and Douglass both had a shared view of unity and the abolishment of slavery. Talking about Frederick Douglass and his goals; his ideals. He wanted equal rights and the abolishment …show more content…

He had the same goals of equality and abolishing slavery but also had the goal of creating unity within the nation. As said in Lincolns 2nd inaugural speech, “ With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish, a just and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”. Lincoln is talking about his future goal of getting the nation to unite and bind the wounds caused by the war even if it’s the opposing side. Within his beliefs of slavery, it is known that he was not fond of the idea he said in his speech, “If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove; and that He gives to both north and south this terrible war,”. Before the stated quote he quoted the bible itself. Lincoln believed that slavery was an offence. He made it very clear with the emancipation proclamation which was said to free all slaves from rebellious states even if he didn’t have that type of power. Therefore, Lincoln had many ideas for the future and for others to follow and

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