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 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2012 04:32 pm
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BHR62, I think you are right that Lincoln found the idea of slavery repugnant-even if he held pretty standard views of black men for his time and wasn't sure what to do with the freedmen after the war. However, he also held the Constitution in such high regard that he believed he could do nothing to interfere with the institution where it existed no matter his personal sentiments on the subject. He did believe that Congress could constitutionally regulate slavery in the territories--which was why Southerners hated him. For Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation was a constitutionally legal military measure that happened to coincide with his personal beliefs.

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