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is “because it deprived the nation’s republican example of the influence in the world. It would permit the rivals of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt the nation as hypocrites.” 5 He commented that the expansion of slavery would extinguish the symbol of democracy in the 2 Foner. Pg, 486-487 3 Foner. Pg, 496 4 Lincoln at 200: Americas Greatest President. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 2009. 5 Foner, Pg. 495
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whole world for the United States of America. Abraham Lincoln was shocked on the writings of George Fitzhugh about proslavery. He defended the northern states and believed that all be should be equal disregarding the color of their skin. “According to the Constitution in his eyes, it acknowledged the rights of the people and for him it meant it applied to everyone, not just the whites, but the African Americans as well. He challenged those rights in the Constitution and the people itself.” 6 Lincoln believed that the expansion of slavery didn’t come from the southerners but from Stephen A. Douglas’s popular sovereignty’s position, letting the states decided whether slavery should be allowed or not. The states were split, northerners being the ones against slavery and the southerners being proslavery. “Some claimed that slavery was responsible for the south lagging further and further behind the northern states in both economic and social development.” 7 Since the north had more manufactures they had an easier way of life than the southerners that relied on the slaves to do the work in the field to make profit for the owners. When Fredrick Douglas tried to get Kansas and Nebraska to become states for expansion of slaver, it could the northerners and southerner’s attention. This led to the Lincoln- Douglas debate. The northerners were for Abraham Lincoln, he was their voice. Douglas on the other hand had the southerner’s votes, in the end Abraham Lincoln appealed to the nation more the Douglas did. Due to the situation of
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