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Abraham Lincoln and Slavery What did Abraham Lincoln do and think regarding slavery during the Civil War In Abrahams First Inaugural Address he states I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists I believe I have no lawful right to do so and I have no inclination to do so Pg 53-54 Lincoln did not want the South to be afraid of his Republican Presidency either That was why he made these statements at his Inauguration about slavery Lincoln also talks about leaving the returning of fugitive slave clause alone and keeping it in the Constitution He feels he should still abide by the clause because to Lincoln the intention of the lawgiver was the law This clause was debated whether it was to be enforced by either national or state authority If the slave is to be surrendered it can be of but little consequence to him or to others by which authority is done Pg 55 Lincoln during his inauguration also talks of how Congress may prohibit slavery in the territories and must Congress protect slavery in the territories Lincoln says the Constitution does not say therefore it will not happen Lincoln was a follower of the Constitution and did not plan on changing clauses He abided by the fugitive slave clause and the suppression of the foreign slave trade In the letter to Horace Greeley Lincoln writes of saving the Union and not destroying or saving slavery Lincoln states If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it and if I could by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that Lincoln was strictly for the Union and if
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