Congress passed the Confiscation Act of Under this act, Confederates who did not surrender within 60 days of the act's passage were to be punished by having their slaves freed.
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Who freed the slaves? This telling of history oversimplifies the truth so much as to render it useless. Lincoln did issue the Emancipation Proclamation at the beginning ofwhich on paper freed slaves in the states of the Confederacy that had seceded from the United States.
But it took a fighting force of 2 million soldiers in the Union Army to bring the Confederacy to its knees--and make the defeat of the slave system a fact. African Americans themselves contributed in many crucial ways--from slaves who rebelled in the South, to free Blacks in the North who agitated for abolition, to Black soldiers who served in the Union Army.
What's more, Lincoln himself didn't enter the Civil War as a firebrand abolitionist, itching for the opportunity to end slavery. Instead, the Northern anti-slavery movement had to pressure Lincoln--and ultimately, the logic of winning the war against the Confederacy pushed Lincoln to adopt more radical positions at each step.
Thankfully, Lincoln rose to meet each challenge. By the end of the war, his actions had transformed himself into an unwavering abolitionist. But as important as his role was, the destruction of slavery depended on much more--the actions of masses of other people, including, crucially, slaves themselves.
Lincoln campaigned for president in as an opponent of slavery's expansion into the new territories in the Western U. Although morally opposed to slavery, he was not ready to immediately deprive slave owners of their property "rights" where slavery already existed.
Instead, Lincoln proposed colonization as the solution to the "Negro problem.
This idea satisfied neither slave masters nor the abolitionists. The former slave Frederick Douglass, a supporter of Lincoln's Republican Party, skewered the colonization plan.
Lincoln assumes the language and arguments of an itinerant Colonization lecturer, showing all his inconsistencies, his pride of race and blood, his contempt for Negroes and his canting hypocrisy," Douglass said. Meanwhile, the Southern slaveocracy opposed any attempt to gradually eliminate slavery, or even to check its expansion into the new territories of the West.
Slave labor had made the small class of Southern rulers rich. To survive, they needed new lands for their plantation system, and new slave states to retain their political dominance in the federal government. Lincoln underestimated these factors.
Even in his inauguration speech--by which time several Southern states had seceded from the union--Lincoln offered an olive branch: They organized mass meetings, pledging support and volunteers for the coming war.Free the Slaves liberates slaves and changes the conditions that allow slavery to persist.
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Congress . Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, right? Well, the truth is a bit more complicated than that; actually, the truth is very complicated, leading even usually sober commentators such as the venerable.