Did Lincoln free the slaves? (yes and no)
mikalac at SPAMworldnet.att.net
Tue Aug 29 15:54:59 MDT 2000
yes for some and no for others.
Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863)
"And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do
order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said
designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be
free; and that the Executive government of the United States,
including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and
maintain the freedom of said persons."
The Thirteenth Amendment (ratified December 6, 1865).
"Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a
punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by
therefore, on 1/1/63, Lincoln's Proclmation freed the slaves in the
on 12/6/65, the XIIIth amendment freed all slaves from all the states.
Louis Proyect wrote:
> Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream
> By LERONE BENNETT JR.
> Johnson Publishing Company
> Among other remarks he said "he knew his Proclamation would not make a
> single Negro free beyond our military reach."
> --Memoir of John A. Dahlgren
> He then went into a prolonged course of remarks about the Proclamation. He
> said it was not his intention in the beginning to interfere with Slavery in
> the States; that he never would have done it, if he had not been compelled
> by necessity to do it, to maintain the Union ... that he had hesitated for
> some time, and had resorted to this measure, only when driven to it by
> public necessity ... that he had always himself been in favor of
> emancipation, but not immediate emancipation, even by the States. Many
> evils attending this appeared to him.
> --Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens
> Chapter One
> The Most Famous Act In U.S. History Never Happened
> The presidential campaign of 1860 was over, and the victor was stretching
> his legs and shaking off the cares of the world in his temporary office in
> the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Surrounded by the perks of
> power, at peace with the world, the president-elect was regaling old
> acquaintances with tall tales about his early days as a politician. One of
> the visitors interrupted this monologue and remarked that it was a shame
> that "the vexatious slavery matter" would be the first question of public
> policy the new president would have to deal with in Washington.
> The president-elect's eyes twinkled and he said he was reminded of a story.
> According to eyewitness Henry Villard, President-elect Abraham Lincoln
> "told the story of the Kentucky Justice of the Peace whose first case was a
> criminal prosecution for the abuse of slaves. Unable to find any precedent,
> he exclaimed angrily: `I will be damned if I don't feel almost sorry for
> being elected when the niggers is the first thing I have to attend to'".
> This story, shocking as it may sound to Lincoln admirers, was in character.
> For the president-elect had never shown any undue sympathy for Blacks, and
> none of his cronies was surprised to hear him suggest that he shared the
> viewpoint of the reluctant and biased justice of the peace. As for the
> N-word, everybody knew that old Abe used it all the time, both in public
> and in private. (Since Lincoln supporters are in a state of constant
> denial, I have not used elision in reporting his use of the offensive word
> In one of the supreme ironies of history, the man who told this story was
> forced by circumstances to attend to what he called "the nigger question."
> And within five years he was enshrined in American mythology as "the great
> emancipator" who freed Blacks with a stroke of the pen out of the goodness
> of his heart.
> Since that time, the mythology of "the great emancipator" has become a part
> of the mental landscape of America. Generations of schoolchildren have
> memorized its cadences. Poets, politicians, and long-suffering Blacks have
> wept over its imagery and drama.
> No other American story is so enduring.
> No other American story is so comforting.
> No other American story is so false.
> Abraham Lincoln was not "the great emancipator."
> The testimony of sixteen thousand books and monographs to the contrary
> notwithstanding, Lincoln did not emancipate the slaves, greatly or
> otherwise. As for the Emancipation Proclamation, it was not a real
> emancipation proclamation at all, and did not liberate African-American
> slaves. John F. Hume, the Missouri antislavery leader who heard Lincoln
> speak in Alton and who looked him in the eye in the White House, said the
> Proclamation "did not ... whatever it may have otherwise accomplished at
> the time it was issued, liberate a single slave".
> (Full chapter is at: http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/b/bennett-glory.html)
> Louis Proyect
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