In 1862, American President Abraham Lincoln made a historic decision that would change a great nation. Throughout his presidency, the issue of slavery has long plagued the country. In a response to a letter by Horace Greeley, Lincoln made it clear that despite having strong feelings against slavery, he has no intention to save or destroy slavery, as his objective was mainly to save the union. In a quote, Lincoln said, “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 do it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.”
His response to the letter addressed to Mr. Greeley clearly stated that the president was most concerned with the well-being of the Union, not the issue of slavery that divided the nation. However, while the president tried to listen to the grievances of his people, he was compelled to reject the doctrine of popular sovereignty. During this time, United States was at war with itself, people are pitted against each other, all rooted over the issue of slavery. As the commander in chief, Lincoln felt that the restoration of the Union was his responsibility alone. The future of his country lay within his hands.
In a bid to put a stop to the inner turmoil between his people, Lincoln called for freedom of the slaves to suppress armed rebels from going against the Government in the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. From the historic facts, Lincoln proved to be quite a fair and just leader. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 not only helped save the Union, Lincoln also crushed ignorance, restored equality among his people and liberated the slaves.