Emancipation Proclamation passed by Abraham Lincoln
In 1863, Abraham Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation, as a result of the Civil War, which saw the abolition of slavery. He deemed this act as a military strategy that was necessary to preserve the Union. Many would refer to Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator” because of his role in the passing of such a profound bill and it is a common belief by many that Lincoln had always been in favor of the abolition of slavery right from the beginning. However, there are some beliefs that Lincoln is undeserving of this title because his main objective was to save the Union whether that meant freeing all the slaves or none at all. I believe that Lincoln deserved this title because if it weren’t for him, slavery may have existed for several more years.
Although Abraham Lincoln’s main objective during his time in office was to preserve the Union by reuniting the North and the South, his main political issue was to stop the expansion of slavery into western territories. With the Emancipation Proclamation he achieved both of these goals by dissolving slavery, defeating the South, and saving the future of the United States by reuniting the North and the South. Some people also believed Lincoln felt that African-Americans were inferior to white people, however, Lincoln was a strong follower of the Declaration of Independence which stated that all men possessed equally the inalienable right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In Conclusion, I believe that Abraham Lincoln is deserving of the title because he sought to end the expansion of slavery into the west, and pushed to exterminate it all together before he took office. It is his belief that all men are created equal and although he may have used the Emancipation Proclamation as a military strategy to reunite the United States it was his objective from the beginning to put an end to slavery.