“Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right, a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.” – Abraham Lincoln
Visiting Mount Rushmore Soon
Family Reunion 2011.
A few of A. Lincoln's characteristics.
Opposed racial equality.
Supported the legal rights of slaveholders.
Defended a slaveholder against his runaway slave.
Proposed strengthening the Fugitive Slave law.
Opposed black citizenship in Illinois or their right to immigrate to that state.
Failed to peacefully emancipate the slaves as was accomplished in most other places.
Lincoln's war was the only "war of emancipation" in the 19th century.
Nullified emancipation of slaves in Missouri and Georgia early in the war.
Sent troops into New York City to quell draft riots related to his emancipation proclamation, resulting in 300 to 1,000 deaths.
Started a war that took the lives of 670,000 soldiers and civilians.
Was an enemy of free market capitalism.
Refused to see Napoleon III of France who offered to mediate the dispute.
Illegally declared martial law.
Illegally blockaded ports.
Illegally imprisoned thousands of Northern citizens.
Tolerated the arrest of ministers who refused to pray for Lincoln.
Placed Kansas and Kentucky under martial law.
Laying the groundwork for the establishment of conscription and income taxation as permanent institutions.
Rigged elections in Maryland and elsewhere in the North.
Prevented opposition newspapers from being delivered by the post office.
Executed those who refused to take a loyalty oath.
Burned and plundered Southern cites.
Unlawfully quartered troops in private homes.
Allowed an unjust mass execution of Sioux Indians in Minnesota.
Waged war on civilians by bombing, destruction of homes, and confiscation of food and farm equipment.
Used civilians as hostages.
Ending slavery by means that created turbulence that continues to this day.
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