Skip to comments.Abraham Lincoln, Republican
Posted on 02/17/2003 9:20:21 AM PST by Grand Old Partisan
There is a common misconception today, abetted by Democrat-leaning historians who wish to distance Abraham Lincoln from our Republican Party heritage, that with the Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln just waved a presidential wand and freed the slaves. In fact, he was acting on authority granted to him by the Republican Congress in the second Confiscation Act, a copy of which Lincoln appended to the proclamation, stating that slaves held by rebels were to be "forever free".
While the Radical Republicans (those radically opposed to slavery) were more eager than he to seize the moment and uproot the entire slave system, there was nowhere near the discord between Lincoln and the Radicals that most historians would like us Republicans to believe. Lincoln, after all, was a highly partisan President whose chief opponents were the Confederacy and the Democratic Party. He counted many congressional Radicals, including Massachusetts Charles Sumner, among his closest friends. Salmon Chase, another prominent Radical, he named Secretary of the Treasury and then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
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