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Response to BainsBane (Reply #80)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 02:05 AM

82. Your own source suggests that

(1) it is unknown if Lincoln actually supported colonization except to aid the passage of the 13th Amendment and the acceptance of the Emancipation Proclamation

and (2) that in the two years before his death, Lincoln had conducted an investigation of these said colonies and then subsequently pulled all federal funding for the projects. They were only revived after his death.

Additionally, I will kindly inform you of my credentials. I have a BA in history and a Masters in Education. I have picked up more than my share of history texts, not the least of which is a wikipedia page. I also understand the struggle faced by abolitionists and those who were anti-slavery in the 1860's and that it is far far more nuanced than just pro or anti-slavery. For a good example of this go see the movie Lincoln and focus on Tommy Lee Jones' character and the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment in particular. It may give you some perspective on the general idea of what I'm talking about here. The fact that a seated president would bother to attempt to pass the 13th Amendment at all is telling of his motives. It was politically unpopular. It was not necessary in 1864 to end the war. The war was already basically won.

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