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#1 - maxreuben
Reply +28
(05/02/2013) [-]
No... the civil war was not to free the slaves... that was an after thought....
#30 to #1 - slimtheshady
Reply 0
(05/03/2013) [-]
Anon has a point. With a free-soil, Republican president, the South was convinced that slavery would not be allowed to spread to the west, which would endanger their unique way of life, and so they seceded. The North, although initially fighting because secession was not legal in their eyes, came to believe the war should be worth something more than just saving the Union, as it had cost them extensively in money and blood. So, Lincoln took advantage of this, turning the war to save the Union into something more, i.e. a war to end slavery. After the war, Lincoln himself was a moderate when it came to Reconstruction, as many northerners wanted complete (legal/economic/and social) equality for black,s whereas Lincoln only desired legal equality.
#19 to #1 - anon
Reply 0
(05/03/2013) [-]
That's simplifying it a bit. The Southerners originally split mainly because the north was limiting expansion of slavery to the west. However, though this was the cause of the war, many Northerners, including Lincoln, saw themselves as fighting primarily to preserve the Union and not so much to free the slaves.
#2 to #1 - glassofmilk
Reply +8
(05/03/2013) [-]
this man is correct!    
it was actually about states rights over federal rights.   
   
and btw repost
this man is correct!
it was actually about states rights over federal rights.

and btw repost
#3 to #2 - eopfroggr
Reply +4
(05/03/2013) [-]
Lincoln originally freed the south slaves, leaving the north as slaves during the war and to hurt the south during the war.