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The Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 helped preserve the Union At the time it did not call for the destruction of slavery but rather to give the Union one more advantage over the South Giving black slaves freedom from their rebel masters helped the Union physically and morally The Union believed the war would be easily won However the South had many experienced leaders and soldiers from the Mexico-American War The North began to worry and in Document 4 a letter to President Lincoln Horace Greeley expressed his disappointment on how Lincoln was treating the South and his reactions towards the rebels slaves and what he felt should be done Why theses traitors should be treated with tenderness by you to the prejudice of the dearest rights of loyal men we cannot conceive4 Greeley 279 He felt slavery was the main reason for this war causing the Union to suffer so it needed to be destroyed that whatever strengthens or fortifies Slavery in the Border States strengthens also treason and drives home the wedge intended to divide the Unionthat the rebellion if crushed out tomorrow would be renewed within a year if Slavery were left in full vigor 4 Greeley 279 If the Union won the war and slavery was not abolished the same battles would begin again in later years In Document 5 a reply to Horace Greeleys letter Lincoln explained that My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or to destroy slavery5 Lincoln on Emancipation 280 Lincoln dislike slavery but his duty was not to destroy it but to unite the North and South as one nation once again If letting slavery exist helped united the country Lincoln would let it be so or vise versa What I do about slavery and the colored race I do because I believe it helps to save the Union and what I forbear I forbear because I
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