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    Why did Abraham Lincoln only free slaves in areas control by Confederates?

    Why not everywhere else?

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    In order to keep the slave states that were fighting for the union in the union and not in the confederacy. Lincoln did not want to lose support for the Union in these states.

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    He wanted a tactical advantage over the Confederates. In history class they you he was opposed to slavery, but in reality he was he didn't care at all.

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    he did free theme everywhere. It says Will not have slavery in these united states

    not in the Confederacy

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    It was a political play, if he banned slavery in all the Union then the states that bordered the Confederacy would have joined in on the rebellion as they still allowed slavery. Also it gave the Union the moral high ground, it wasn't a war to crush a rebellion it was to end slavery. Though whether or not Lincoln was really enthusiastic about ending slavery is still debatable. One of his early plans was to simply ship all the slaves back to Africa, modern day Liberia to be more specific.


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