AMH-Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln's views were"naturally...

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Abraham Lincoln’s views were, "naturally anti-slavery,”(Lincoln). From the time he was a child to his assassination in 1865, his moral view of slavery was that (it was bad). However, his political involvement hindered his ability to act upon his preconceived beliefs. In other words, Lincoln’s political actions evolved, along with the national state of affairs. Lincoln’s diplomatic stance within government made it appear as if he had deviated from his natural ideal, that of anti slavery, but in actuality all his efforts were towards preserving the union and hence, an outright declaration of his abolitionist beliefs would cause further separation within the states. In the time before Lincoln became President, he was very much involved in political life. From a very early age, Lincoln was interested in education, especially reading and writing. This passion led to him to want more than to be a farmer, which is what his father was. Lincoln started out as a wordsmith and eventually became a lawyer. Lincoln’s views upon slavery, and his tolerable attitude towards African Americans could have been molded and shaped early on in his life. For instance, he was born in a slave state, but neither his father nor the other farmers that were in his vicinity in Hardin County, Kentucky owned any slaves. Not only that, but when Lincoln was about 7, he and his family moved to Little Pigeon Creek, Indiana which is a free state. This tolerable attitude demonstrated by Lincoln’s father, and the free states seems to have affected Lincoln’s own views on slavery, and such. In 1832, Lincoln ran for representative in the Illinois House of Representatives, but was not elected. After, he went back to being a lawyer and ran again in 1834, this time he was elected. On March 3, 1837, Lincoln along with a fellow
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course AMH 2010 taught by Professor Johnr during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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