Lincoln’s First Views on Slavery

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September 21, 2014 by Lorene

Lincoln’s parents were opposed to slavery. He could never remember at time when he wasn’t opposed to slavery.  In the 1830’s, many states passed laws against abolition. Illinois passed a law stating the federal government could not outlaw slavery. Lincoln was one of only six who voted against it. Even though he opposed slavery, he did not think the Constitution gave the power to abolish it.

It seems that he did not give slavery much thought in his early political years. He believed that as long as it was restricted to places where it already existed, it would slowly become extinct.


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