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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Vader!*#% Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 10:34 AM
Hondo and aanfan, you are both wrong. The Republicans and Lincoln initially wanted to stop the spread of slavery into the new territories that were becoming new states. Yes their ultimate goal was abolution. The South knew that if slavery didn't spread to the new states that they would eventually lose their political clout. See Kansas/Missouri compromise. When they lost the 1860 election they wanted to take the football and go home. The rich planation owners didn't have an ounce of respect for Southern white trash.

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

President Abraham Lincoln had been warned by Gen. George B. McClellan not to interfere with the institution of slavery. McClellan was a “War Democrat,” willing to fight to preserve the Union, but unwilling to do anything about the root cause of the rebellion that threatened the life of the nation.

Ironically, it was McClellan’s victory at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, that had given Lincoln the opportunity he needed to issue his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In that document, the President warned rebellious states in the South that they would...