[Marxism] Fwd: History's Emancipator: Did Abraham Lincoln Have "a Drop of Anti-Slavery Blood in His Veins"?

Mark Lause markalause at gmail.com
Sat Nov 25 13:43:46 MST 2017

People could dislike the institution of slavery and, for example, even take
action to oppose its extension into the West.  This was the most
conservative position Lincoln had on slavery, and it likely reflected the
general opinion of most Northern voters.

An abolitionist was someone who wanted to get rid of slavery everywhere in
the U.S. and immediately.  There were moral suasion non-resistance elements
of the movement, but also several electoral factions, and, of course,
increasingly but in small numbers, engaged in direct action to destroy the
institution . . . mostly through assisting runaways escape to freedom..

Emancipation was the wartime policy of eliminating slavery in areas in
rebellion against the U.S. government.  It did not abolish slavery and
actually guaranteed its survival in areas under control of the Federal Army.

On their racial views . . . .elements of the abolitionist movement were
racially mixed and always had been, and some campaigned against segregation
and the civic exclusion of blacks in their own non-slaveholding states.

Lincoln's views shifted from a rather conservative antislavery Whiggish
dislike of the institution to political opposition to its expansion, to
emancipation, and, finally, to foster the constitutional amendment
abolishing slavery everywhere and his verbal commitment to black suffrage
and an implicit equality before the law.  There were many reasons for this
shift, not the least of which was the de facto general strike of African
American slaves against the institution, in which they were aided by
growing numbers of allies.

Frederick Douglass acknowledged Lincoln to be slow, conservative, etc., but
acknowledged that he was not going to move much faster than the changing
views of his white countrymen.

Mark L.

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