Was Abe Lincoln Freed Itself?

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I believe that the slaves freed themselves, and that Abe Lincoln only helped make it possible. During the civil war Lincoln was backed into a corner when slavery popped up. He argued that the war was not about freeing slaves but to preserve the union. However, when refugee slaves were found helping the confederacy Lincoln freed them as a contraband of war, as stated by pbs, “Though "contraband" slaves had been declared free, Lincoln continued to insist that this was a war to save the Union, not to free slaves.“. He later passed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves in the confederate. I believe that the slaves freed themselves. Lincoln passing the Emancipation Proclamation made it possible. However, as Frederick Douglass states
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