Lincoln realized this in 1862 when he said that “slavery is the root of the rebellion” (Document B).
By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln hoped that slaves living on Southern plantations would revolt against their masters, thereby “…weaken[ing] the rebels by drawing off their labor supply” (Document B).
He freed the slaves because he knew it would directly benefit the Union.
Lincoln was successful at completing the main goal of his job as President: keeping the United States united.
He said, "With malice toward none; with charity for all." He only wanted the Union to be undivided. My final reason for choosing Abraham Lincoln as my hero is that he continuously tried to achieve his goals.
He was against slavery in territories, but did not want a Civil War. On his first try at running for Senator he lost, but he won four times after that.President Abraham Lincoln was faced with a monumental challenge during his two terms as Commander-in-chief of the United States: reuniting the shattered halves of the Union.This was his sole purpose in fighting the Civil War—nothing more, nothing less.He appealed to the American’s emotions by calling on them to defend “a new birth of freedom” and to ensure “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”.In this speech Lincoln used the anti-slavery fight as a call to defend the Union, which was his main ambition and purpose in the Civil War. Recruiting posters, like the one in Document D, show the Union’s attempts to fill its regiments with black soldiers as the number of white volunteers dwindled.The first step to civil rights for African-Americans was his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.The process was later continued by people like Martin Luther King, Jr. Abraham Lincoln was not against the southern states as John Wilkes Booth thought.As President of the United States, Lincoln upheld his office by keeping the preservation of the Union as his top goal throughout the Civil War. Although Lincoln faced some opposition from members of the Democratic Party, who refused to “fight to free negroes” (Document E), he knew the Union’s need for soldiers was becoming desperate.Lincoln also freed the slaves to benefit the Union in another important way. This was the Union’s last desperate attempt at recruiting soldiers before it was finally forced to issue the Conscription Act in 1863.In a war as volatile as the Civil War, a small economic difference like this could tip the scale in the favor of Lincoln and the Union.Furthermore, Lincoln realized that the Proclamation would benefit the United States’ foreign relations in Europe.