I can't believe I am saying this, but I have to agree, in part, with gertie41. Lincoln cared about the republic. He said that if freeing the slaves will maintain the republic, then free them. If maintaining slavery will keep the republic, then keep them. He used them as a political tool. Now, the slaves didn't really care how he used them. They understood the outcome, if emancipated, worked in their favor, so influential men like Fredrick Douglas urged him on. The Emancipation Proclamation, when issued, freed no one since the Confederate States didn't recognize anything the US Federal Gov. issued. Lincoln, has risen to the iconic figure, bigger than, life, and evoked for credibility. Oh, he was a republican you know.
at 12:13 PM on Jul. 15, 2010