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 Posted: Tue Jul 18th, 2006 09:02 pm
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William Posey

Joined: Thu Jun 15th, 2006
Location: Tennessee USA
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"Federal compensation provided for states agreeing to abolish slavery by January 1, 1900"

To me, this conveys no sense of urgency about freeing the slaves. If slavery's evil was so great, why did he not propose immediate emancipation?

No, he wanted to give the slave states 38 years to continue slavery and then compensate those states that complied. Seems to me his concern was not for the slaves but for bribing back into the Union those states that had seceded.

He figured he'd be dead and gone by 1900, so someone else would have to deal with resolving the issue at that time.

I abhor slavery, but I think Lincoln was not interested in freeing slaves so they could enjoy equal status with whites; else, why would he propose shipping them out of the country?

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