Lincoln: Protector of slavery

This week (Aug. 30) in 1861, the Union’s military commander of the West, Gen. John C. Fremont, issued an emancipation proclamation freeing the slaves of all “disloyal persons” in Missouri, one of the slave-holding border states that had not (yet) left the Union and joined the Confederacy. Fremont’s proclamation was celebrated by abolitionists throughout the North, including countless members of the Republican Party.

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