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Was Abraham Lincoln a Bigot One might think that Abraham Lincoln the president of the United States responsible for bringing an end to slavery would support equal rights for blacks and whites That is not necessarily the case In his speeches and writings Lincoln made it clear that he was anti-slavery but not pro-equal rights for blacks and whites In keeping with his espoused opinions on race relations and the place of blacks in America Lincoln would have supported the Supreme Courts ruling in Plessy v Ferguson 1896 Lincoln believed that slavery was a divisive element in his great nation It separated the North from the South He argued that a house divided against itself cant stand and that the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free Johannsen 14 Slavery Lincoln predicted would bring about a change the United States government It was the major issue of the time The country had to decide whether the new territories coming into the nation were going to be slave or free and whether that decision was to be left in the hands of the new territories or the existing states The question as to whether the USA would become an entirely slave nation or a completely free nation had to be answered That question was answered by the Supreme Courts Dred Scott decision in 1857 in what Lincoln deemed an unacceptable manner The Dred Scott Decision basically stated that Congress had no right to make any law concerning the slavery issue Slaves congress argued were property and to have and control property is as inalienable right of American citizens protected under the Constitution Sourcebook 271 This decision meant that in the words of Lincoln if any one man choose to enslave another no third man shall be allowed to object Johannsen 15 By preventing any future legislation and declaring void any past legislation the Dred Scott decision determined that slavery would be allowed throughout the
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