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[–] kirkis 5 points 22 points (+27|-5) ago 

I have to thank my 8th grade teacher. She had a very honest outlook on US history, even if nobody appreciated it at the time. But Lincoln would have rather kept slavery, but abolishing slavery was the only way he could justify America's most bloody war.

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[–] diggy 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

As an American, I'm going to blame our primary and secondary school history text books which gradually have become less and less a retelling of past events that have occurred and more a patriotic caricature of the events and people in our history.

I don't think the average college level history book is near as bad though as those courses allow a greater focus on the ambiguity of what happened and look at multiple sources.

Edit: I wanted to add that growing up in Illinois I had the unique opportunity to read a lot of civil war literature. Illinois was a unique state during the war in that we were split down the middle. (Northern Illinois fought for the north, southern Illinois fought for the south) Partially due to this, my Literature teachers often chose civil war books, essays, and short stories for us to read since many of these were written in our state.

The essay that I'm being strongly reminded of today is this one written by a former state Senator about Abraham Lincoln in 2005.

This passage particularly stood out

As a law professor and civil rights lawyer and as an African American, I am fully aware of his limited views on race. Anyone who actually reads the Emancipation Proclamation knows it was more a military document than a clarion call for justice. Scholars tell us too that Lincoln wasn't immune from political considerations and that his temperament could be indecisive and morose.

Now it is possible that I, my teacher and the entire class misunderstood what was written, but I don't think that is the case.

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[–] eulogyjones 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A lot of people also don't realize that almost nobody liked Lincoln. Even his constituents disliked him. Most of the hatred towards him stemmed from his goal of uniting the country which he knew was the only way we would last as a nation.

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[–] EllenPaosEgo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You are right, I don't know why you are getting downvoted "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that." http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/greeley.htm