The slaves that were in the North were there because their Southern masters brought them into the North not Northerners having slaves...
One example is the the fugitive slave law...
If you understood anything about law you would know Lincoln didn't have the authority to abolish slavery on his own...
Because he claimed it was needed for military reasons the [Emancipation] proclamation could only apply to the areas of the nation that were still in rebellion...
Lincoln...pushed so hard for Congress to pass the 13th Amendment.
But you are pretty sharp Barny, I assume you know this and are merely looking for an argument...
Your tone and anti-historical rambling suggests that you’re the one looking for a fight.
Grasshopper, you’re frustrated that you cannot snatch the pebble from the hand; realize such a temperament will prevent you from ever being able to do so. Don’t be a senseless victim of hagiography. Lincoln was a tyrannical POS with ZERO respect for minorities, the Law, liberty, or justice. Booth’s bullet saved America much misery.
First, arrogantly using only your opinion to negate the 1860 census #s by ludicrously stating the 450-500K northern slaves counted on the census were actually southern slaves is REJECTED! Your teachers were dopes protecting the myth at all cost? The first Wisconsin slave lived in Green Bay in 1725!
Second, POTUS, as commander in chief, has certain powers, but those only extend “within his lines;” NOT outside of them as you suggest. Again, your teachers were ignorant. Think about it: the US was at war with Japan; could FDR have issued an Order declaring martial law in Tokyo? Of course not!
Third, your opinionated assertion, supported again only by your opinion, that Lincoln was concerned about acting lawfully is also REJECTED. Lincoln had ZERO respect for the Law, to wit:
In 1861, Lincoln suspended habeas corpus using executive orders. In Ex parte Merryman Circuit court Judge Roger Taney [Who was also SCOTUS’ Chief Justice, temporarily appointed to the circuit] ruled that only Congress had such power. Lincoln didn’t quake with fear, he issued a damn arrest warrant for Taney [That was never served] and he just IGNORED Taney’s Order.
C.L Vallandigham, an Ohio Congressman, spoke out against the war. He was arrested, denied a civil trial and on May 19, 1863 was DEPORTED by Lincoln. There was NOTHING he said that was anywhere near worthy of arrest [See, Ex Parte Vallandigham, 68 U.S. 243 (1863)].
Lincoln shut down over 300 newspapers and jailed many of the editors and publishers; denying them civil trials. Lincoln was a fascist.
Federal Law in 1862 required Lincoln to approve any death sentence issued by any military court. In the summer of ’62 Little Crow led a band of Sioux that killed some Minnesota settlers. On September 23, Little Crow was sacked by a large Union force; they scattered taking hostages [one was the cousin of Laura Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie fame]. With the actual perpetrators in the wind, a 5-man military tribunal began trying 392 Native Americans 5 days after the Sacking [on September 28]. The trials only took 5 weeks, the NAs were denied counsel and independent interpreters and illegally tried for common law crimes by a military court. Most of the trials lasted 10 minutes; up to 40 were tried in one day and 303 were sentenced to death. Lincoln upheld 39 of the death sentences, commuted the rest to life. Lincoln was concerned of Europe’s potential reaction to trials that were a complete racist joke. Only the uninformed would state Lincoln possessed a conscientious legal temperament.
Fourth, on the Fugitive Slave Law. In 1855 Lincoln was speaking out against several issues; but on August 24 Lincoln wrote to a friend, “I confess I hate to see the poor creatures hunted down, and caught, and carried back to their stripes, and unrewarded toils; but I bite my lip and keep quiet.”
Fifth, your teachers deceive arguing that Lincoln’s fight for the version of Amendment 13 that passed was moral; he did it to step on the South’s neck! If Lincoln did have a change of heart from his countless racist writings and acts he would have fought for the version of the 13th that granted slaves citizenship!! He fought against that version. Lincoln’s plan was for the “freed” Blacks be socially and economically enslaved without any rights of White men. He legislated misery on Blacks so they’d be more willing to be relocated to Liberia or Central America. The push for citizenship for slaves began pretty quickly after Booth’s bullet tumbled through Lincoln’s brain.
Ever read the EP? It excluded Tennessee, chunks of Louisiana around New Orleans, and a piece of Virginia around Norfolk. These were Confederate areas that were CAPTURED! They were within US lines and were populated by another half million slaves. That means at the time of the EP’s signing a million slaves were under the authority of Lincoln that could be freed by Presidential Order and he literally went out of his way to make sure his EP did NOT free them.
In 1858, while running for US senator from Illinois [He lost], Lincoln said, “While I was at the hotel today, an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing a perfect equality between the negroes and white people. [Great Laughter.] While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject, yet as the question was asked me I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause] that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.
[Fourth Douglas Debate at Charleston, IL, September 18, 1858]
Also stumping in ’58 he stated he wanted to “free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia-to their own native land,” [First Douglas Debate at Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858]. He opened this speech with: “I hate [indifference to slavery] because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself.”
On August 14, 1862, Lincoln met with a group of free Black Pastors. Lincoln tried to convince them that all Blacks should be colonized back to Africa or Central America. Lincoln said among other things: “You and we are different races…Whether it is right or wrong I need not discuss, but this physical difference is a great disadvantage to us both, as I think your race suffer very greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffer from your presence
. In a word we suffer on each side. If this is admitted, it affords a reason at least why we should be separated [Emphasis Added].” This shows his talk on the campaign was not just talk.
In an August 22, 1862 to Horace Greeley Lincoln wrote: “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 [Emphasis added].”
In his 1st inaugural address in March 1861, he said, “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 inclination to do so.” No lawful right? He didn’t have the lawful right to deport a Congressmen for expressing his opinion about the war; to try civilians on common law charges in military courts; to sanction the unfair trials of 303 NAs and killing 39 of them; to shut down the media in a Hitleresque way; end slavery in areas outside of his lines; etc, etc, etc. The guy was a complete PHONY!!!
In 1852, Lincoln sang the praises of Henry Clay in the eulogy he delivered at Clay’s funeral. He said Clay was “freedom's champion -- the champion of a civilized world.” Oh, but Clay owned slaves his ENTIRE life!
Lincoln was the Susan Collins of the House. In his election in 1846 he made a series of spot resolutions denouncing the Mexican War. Once he demanded James Polk identify the exact spot where American blood was spilt on American soil; but every time voted for funding of the War [Zinn’s People’s History p. 149]. Lincoln was a freakin’ grandstander; his words were often duplicitous. Abolition was never a top priority for Lincoln; but he kept it near enough to the top when it became politically expedient.
Lincoln called himself a Constitutionalist [Beware of those bastards] arguing that Amendment #10’s Sates right’s cause precluded him from creating legislation to ban slavery. Lincoln admitted that legislation could be passed in DC, which was not a state. But he never pushed for it because it wasn’t politically expedient. Richard Hofstadter [American Political Tradition] said that Lincoln “breathes the fire of an uncompromising insistence on moderation.” Lincoln’s a phony!
When one stows the propaganda drummed into our youthful heads and analyzes Lincoln’s acts and words with scholarship and realizes much of his worst behavior was not preserved because of his fascist tendencies; only 1 conclusion can be reached: Lincoln was a stone-cold racist, who occasionally played the drama role of the abolitionist to keep his coalition together. It’s ironic that Booth shot Lincoln thinking he was helping Blacks, when Lincoln had no intention. If the South won, Lincoln’s full assness would have been revealed and preserved for our consumption. Unfortunately, much of Lincoln’s history was archived and retold by those loyal to him.