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Originally the goal was to preserve the Union. But when it became clear that ending slavery (which Lincoln had long wished for) would help the North to win the war, and would do away with the underlying cause of the secession & war, Lincoln took what steps he legally could to do so. (These included the Emancipation Proclamation -- a war act as Commander-in-chief, depriving the South of the slaves, who helped the Confederacy by supplying labor -- and urging Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment to bring slavery to a permanent end in the nation as a whole.)

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Originally the goal was to preserve the Union. But when it became clear that ending slavery (which Lincoln had long wished for) would help the North to win the war, and would do away with the underlying cause of the secession & war, Lincoln took what steps he legally could to do so. (These included the Emancipation Proclamation -- a war act as Commander-in-chief, depriving the South of the slaves, who helped the Confederacy by supplying labor -- and urging Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment to bring slavery to a permanent end in the nation as a whole.)

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