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This paper explains that writings of scholars paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln as a visionary prophet, a religious fanatic, highly intelligent yet judgmentally deficient, compassionate to a fault, a political genius and gifted with a cunning sense of knowing what people want and how to manipulate them to one's own advantage. However, the most important primary source for information related to Lincoln and the Civil War, the author states, comes from Lincoln's own collected works. The paper presents Lincoln's thoughts through the progression of the Civil War and the reaction of his associates and critics to his ideas and actions.
From the Paper:"In order to avoid this situation, a number of prominent white Americans suggested that freed blacks should be removed to those states without slavery, given all the freedoms associated with citizenship, but kept as paid laborers assigned to menial tasks, such as working on a farm or perhaps as sharecroppers. However, William Seward saw things quite differently, for he commented that "I am always for bringing men and States into this Union and never for taking any out," an indication that Seward was against colonization and would rather see freed blacks living within the boundaries of the United States as tax-paying citizens."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Basler, Roy P. Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings. New York: Perseus Books Group, 2001.
- DiLorenzo, Thomas. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
- Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Suppose to Know About Dishonest Abe. New York: Random House, 2006.
- Egerton, Douglas R. "Averting a Crisis: The Proslavery Critique of the American Colonization Society." Civil War History, June 1997, 45: 142-156.
- Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
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