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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2013 05:18 am
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Texas Defender

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   Actually, Mr. Lincoln's primary objective when dealing with the border states was to keep them in the Union.  If their populations, natural resources, and strategic locations had been at the disposal of the CSA, the balance of power would have been altered.

Abraham Lincoln and the Border States

   To accomplish this objective and suppress any secessionist elements, Mr. Lincoln took steps to install pro-Union state governments in the border states.  As far as the slavery question goes, the state governments of Maryland (01 Nov 1864) and Missouri (11 Jan1865) officially abolished slavery on their own. However, slavery remained legal in Kentucky and Delaware until the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December of 1865. It was not until then that 40000 slaves in Kentucky and another 1000 in Delaware, as well as a few others elsewhere were finally freed. That was six months after the last slaves were officially freed in the states that had seceded.

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