Abraham Lincoln and national politics

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The arrival of the first American laborers to the English colony of Virginia in

1619 began the tragic history of slavery in North America. By 1776 when

Americans fought for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", slavery had already

prevailed in their country for more than a hundred and fifty years. In the years that

followed the first colonizers, slavery paced the growth of the U.S.; it was the rise of

America. The territory of the slave states at the time of the civil war was equal if not

greater to that of the original thirteen colonies in 1776. As the nation matured so did

its debates about slavery, the topic was starting to get very heated. Nothing fueled the

conflict as much as the country's territorial expansion. Each new state admitted to the

Union threatened to upset the balance of the power agreed upon between the slave

and free states.

The issue of slavery took the country to a dangerous internal conflict,

about 600,000 people died to finally end slavery through an awesome civil war filled

with blood shed and high emotions. Abraham Lincoln, the president that was in

charge during the Civil War, had always hated slavery; it was he said, a

"monstrous injustice and unqualified evil to the Negro, the white man, and the state; if

slavery is not wrong nothing is wrong." Lincoln believed that the nation's founders

had also hated slavery and looked forward to its abolition. Abraham Lincoln fought in

favor of anti-slavery reform from his days of youth to the day he was assassinated.

In his early years, Lincoln always spoke to white men, he did not know how to

handle the problem of race. He lived in a white society, with racial groups, he never

interacted with an African American except...