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 Posted: Mon Feb 27th, 2012 04:54 pm
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As I remember things there was a bill introduced to pay the loyal slave owners money for their slaves.  But didn't the Kentuckian congressmen kill it?  I know Missouri abolished slavery before wars end...who was the other one?  Maryland?  The fact there were discussions on paying the slave owners in the border states should have been an even stronger signal that the end of slavery nationwide was going to happen at wars end.  The Proclamation was just the beginning of the end for the institution.

The Proclamation had political advantages to it no doubt about it.  But Lincoln had seen slavery first hand while he took his dads goods to New Orleans down the Mississippi.  It didn't leave a good impression on him.  He was known for his anti-slavery sentiments in the legislature and in the debates with Douglas.  So I still believe he had moral reasons for his Proclamation. 

So I will have to agree to disagree with you all.

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