What Is Horace Greeley A Turning Point For The Civil War

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In 1833, Great Brittan finally took action to abolish its malevolent tradition of African slavery decades before the United States and did not even need to have a war over the matter. This is because unlike the United States mother Country, England did not start out with slavery so convoluted with the country’s way of life. When Civil War commenced, it started out as a fight to keep the nation intact instead of splitting up but shortly over the course of the war the sense shifted towards the concerns of African American slavery throughout the nation. This war served as the beginning of the turning point in the undisputed favoritism towards slavery in the nation. And because this was only the beginning, a majority of Northerners and Southerners …show more content…

When Horace Greeley, an avid supporter of the president and renowned editor of the New York tribune challenged the president to free the slaves the president responded to him with a personal letter in august of 1862. Within the letter Lincoln acknowledges that Greeley means good intentions uttering that, “As to the policy I “seem to be pursuing” as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt.” Throughout the letter Lincoln then tries to explain to Greeley his intentions for the war, “I would Save the Union. I would have save it the shortest way under the constitution… If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them.” With this being said, President Abraham Lincoln was one of the few who kept the nations ongoing insecurity of slavery in mind. Knowing that there were still Americans throughout the Union that still preferred slavery but neglected their preferences for the sake of the Union. In light of the president’s presumptions on the focused intentions of the civil war, we observe the thoughts of Americans on the topic of slavery in the 1860’s. From the New York Harold in 1862, “what to Do with the Slaves when Emancipated,” the article reveals, “The policy of the abolitionists would be destructive: That of the President is benign.” Because this article presented by Northerners argues that the removal of slavery would harm the nation and provide further logic on why African Americans should be kept as slaves averting the possibility of whites performing the slave’s

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