28 Days of Black History Month (February 12th)
I know what most of you may be thinking. “I thought this was Black History Month”. It still is but a great deal of respect needs to be given to this man. We figured Since today is his Birthday today would be a great day to acknowledge him. This decision may seem controversial to many but not here, however if anyone rejects this notion let us know. I know I’ve heard it many times that President Lincoln never meant to free the slaves he only wanted to win the war and save the Nation. President Lincoln had publicly stated many times That he feels slavery is wrong. Yes, he also said that if he could save the Union without freeing the slaves he’d do it. We call that politicking.
“The Great Emancipator”, got the ball rolling and the country moving towards the end of slavery. He was a brilliant man he pulled off one of the most shrewdest maneuvers of all time. Lincoln understood that even though he’s the President Congress really runs the show. The President only has near complete control over the Nation during war times. So after the Civil War was declared Lincoln Freed the slaves in the south 1st through the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863 Stating the all slaves in the Rebellion were free. Funny thing is the slaves in the Union were not Freed because he would need for Congress to approve this move. Since the South Seceeded he cut them off at the knees.
Slavery in the US began its fast track to abolishment on April 9th, 1865 when the south surrendered. Thus giving a victory to the Union Army and reunited the country as one. Also pretty much ending slavery once and for all. However, this victory was short lived 5 days after the war ended on April 14th, 1865 President Lincoln shot and killed. By John Wilkes Booth.
The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865. On February 1, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Joint Resolution of Congress submitting the proposed amendment to the state legislatures. The necessary number of states ratified it by December 6, 1865. The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Editor’s Note: While it is true that Lincoln was no Abolitionist his contribution the their ultimate goal has beyond gratifying. Say whatever you want about this man, he took one for team. He did something our “Founding Fathers” Wouldn’t and Didn’t want to. RIP #Thankyou. & Happy Birthday!