Please read "The Real Lincoln" and then see if it was about freeing the slaves he did not except in territories and States that the Feds did not control. No Slaves were freed in New Orleans and surrounding parishes parts of federal controlled Arkansas, Tenn. and other states. Lincoln even admitted it was not about ending slavery but about Centralized Government with all control in Washington. More newspapers in the North opposed Lincoln and some were jailed or imprisoned just for writing editorials about his true goal. Even the abolitionists opposed Lincoln because he was not interested in freeing the slaves. Lincoln would make an excellent Democrat today.