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APUSH Kaplan January 10, 2007 The American Political Tradition: Abraham Lincoln 1. What surprises you about Lincoln? I was most surprised about the true circumstances by which slavery was abolished under Abraham Lincoln. Most people perceive him to be a steadfast opponent of slavery, who was certain slavery was wrong and would do anything to stop it from the beginning of his career. Lincoln was more careful and calculating, however, as he was always considering how his moves would affect him politically. At the beginning of his career, he was much like previous presidents who may not have liked slavery, but felt they were not in the position to stop it. Lincoln never advocated complete abolishment of slavery, but instead hoped the institution would one day dissolve. His ideas were that of the newly formed Republican Party, whose main issue was that slavery should not be abolished, but should not be expanded.
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This note was uploaded on 08/20/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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