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Abraham Lincoln Moral Just and Practical Today in the United States one of the most controversial issues is race relations Mainstream America would like to exist in an environment of integration and race independent societal construct However one cannot negate the existence of racially motivated problems Slavery which is a primary component of the development of what we call modern American culture and its abolition could be considered the moment where race relations started to become an issue in the US Slavery was abolished after the civil war by President Abraham Lincoln The question becomes was the blood shed in the civil war motivated by a moral imperative to end slavery or was there some other primary causal factor Was President Lincoln a man driven by a moral agenda or was he an adept statesman who knew that he needed a moral high horse to justify the war which was being fought for other reasons These questions lie at the center of events which in reality can be considered the start to the shaping of modern day race relations in the United States By answering them we can understand the intentions and identify the core of the cultural problem we have today To understand the motivation of the man initially we have to understand the man This paper will begin by describing president Lincoln and the emancipation proclamation and then come to some conclusion with regard to the questions aforementioned Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States from 1861 until 1865 He was born in 1809 and died assassinated by a madman while still in office His father was a pioneer who lived on what he caught by hunting or grew himself and Abraham Lincoln was brought up in the Indiana backwoods with little formal education His working life began early and was varied and picturesque He built his own flatboat navigated it to New Orleans and then settled for
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