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Q: If Lincoln hated slavery why didnt he free the slaves at war's beginning rather than on January 1 1863?
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What factors kept England from throwing its full support to the confederacy?

Initially - doubts about the viability of the Confederacy. They wanted to back a winner. Ethical position over slavery - although the war was not originally about slavery, the Lancashire cotton workers said they would sacrifice their jobs, rather than support the Confederacy. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made it impossible for free nations abroad to support the South without looking pro-slavery themselves. Especially good diplomatic work by Lincoln's envoy in London - C.F. Adams (of the Presidential family).

Why did Lincoln hesitate to abolish slavery?

He would rather keep the union together. with the south threatening to secede, he had no choice but to negotiate. He would keep slavery legal if it meant keeping America whole. He understood the how costly a war would be; and was.

From which country did immigration decline rather sharply at the end as well as at the beginning of the civil war?

The United States

Both parties disapproved of war but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive and the other would accept war rather than let it perish?

No doubt both parties claimed that they disapproved of war. But by the time Lincoln got elected, there weren't many pacifists around on either side. The South was so sure it could beat the North that it was willing to risk a war, rather than accept Lincoln's ban on new slave-states. (Remember, Lincoln had not insisted on abolition, only on no extension of the slave-empire.) And some of Lincoln's cabinet were willing to fight the Confederates and the British at the same time, following the US naval capture of Confederate envoys from a British ship.

What is a good reason why somebody would fight for the south in the civil war?

* They believed in the right of each state to detemine whether it allowed slavery (States' Rights) * They believed in the economic necessity of slavery * They saw themselves as citizens of their state, rather than citizens of a country made up of many states.

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Who proposed a law prohibiting slavery in the terrotories?

Abraham Lincoln proposed a law prohibiting slavery in the territories as part of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates during his senatorial campaign in 1858. Lincoln argued that the founding fathers intended for slavery to be contained and eventually abolished rather than expanded into new territories.

Who advised African Americans to fight for freedom rather than wait for slaves owners to end slavery?

Aberham Lincoln

In what document did Douglas state that people can decide wheter ot not about slavery?

Stephen Douglas's idea of popular sovereignty for the expansion of slavery was not in a document, but rather came out in his debates with Abraham Lincoln.

If Lincoln hated slavery so much why didn't he free the slaves at the war's beginning rather than waiting until January 1 1863?

There has been a lot of debate about this subject. During the beginning of the conflict, Lincoln was still trying to find anyway to keep the Union together. He was advised by his Secretary of State to make this move without a major victory would have seemed to the outside world like the North was begging for help. That is why Pres. Lincoln did not free the slaves until after the Army of Virginia was finally stopped. Lincoln and his cabinet were afraid of the response from Britain and France. Remember both of these countries were sympathtic to the South. They relied upon the South for cotton. They also did not like the power that the North was displaying and feared a united US becoming to strong.

Why were abolitionists questioning the war?

In the early stages of the US Civil War, it was clearly US President Lincoln's plan to keep the United States a whole nation and stop the Southern rebellion. Anti slavery abolitionists were concerned that early on Lincoln did not proclaim that his use of military force was to abolish slavery. Rather, Lincoln clearly had the goal of keeping the Union as one nation.

How did blacks react to Lincoln's plan to abolish slavery by compensating owners?

They were vehemently against the idea, as it seemed to recognize slaves as property, rather than human beings.

Did Abraham Lincoln state he was a fervent abolitionist and viewed the civil war as a religious war?

While Abraham Lincoln was opposed to the expansion of slavery, he did not consider himself a fervent abolitionist. He viewed the Civil War as a struggle to preserve the Union rather than a religious war. Lincoln's primary goal was to keep the United States together and end slavery as a means to achieve that end.

Why do you think many leaders called for African-Americans to be allowed to fight in the Civil War?

Lincoln knew that striking a blow against slavery would make Britain and France less likely to aid the South. Also, he believed that it was important that the president rather than the antislavery Republican in Congress make the decision on ending slavery.

What event prompted the south to seceded from the union?

In the prelude-months before the formal beginning of the American Civil War, the event that prompted South Carolina to secede from the Union was the election of Abraham Lincoln as the 16th President of the United States. With Lincoln's strong anti-slavery sentiments well-known throughout the nation, South Carolina anticipated further attacks upon its slave-holding way of life; therefore, it chose to secede from the Lincoln-led Union rather than endure these anticipated attacks.

Why did Lincoln say I have no purpose directly or indirectly to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so and I have no in?

Abraham Lincoln saw keeping the United States intact as his most important mission. He was personally against slavery, however, he recognized that under cases decided by the US Supreme Court, the institution of slavery was legal. He also recognized that slavery did not exist as a "Southern" creation. Since before the US was a nation, slavery existed. It was clear to him that slavery could have been abolished long ago. And, that the North was just as guilty as anyone else for the institution of slavery. Lincoln, as the US President, sought to assure the Southern slave States that he had no intention to interfere with slavery where it existed. He did this in his duty to protect the Constitutional rights of all "citizens". He understood that under the Constitution, slaves were not considered "citizens".

Why were southerners angry when Abraham Lincoln was elected for president?

Abraham Lincoln had gradually become convinced that slavery was morally and ethically wrong, and that it had to end. Southerners were certain that as president, Lincoln would take steps to end slavery and free the slaves. Plantation owners, who relied on slave labor, were especially opposed to what Lincoln wanted to do, but even most ordinary southerners agreed that their states should have the right to own slaves.

Who inspired Abraham Lincoln to try to stop slavery?

I would believe that to have been more of a moral issue, rather then one which required inspiration. Subjecting another human to inhuman conditions should always be abhorred.