Abraham Lincoln was often called “The Great Emancipator” for his acts during the Civil War. Though people agreed and disagreed about whether Lincoln deserved the title, after everything he has said and done there is no question about him not being worthy of his title. There are many primary documents that demonstrate the many reasons to why Lincoln is worthy of the title “The Great Emancipator”.
Out of the many documents that were read, there are three that showed enough proof to Lincoln’s worthiness. One of the primary documents was from the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Number One: Ottawa, August 21. The other one was the Emancipation Proclamation Text. The last document used was the Commonwealth criticizes Abraham Lincoln. In the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Number One: Ottawa August 21, Lincoln states, “I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself.
I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites—causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity”. Now for Lincoln to say such sincere words about slavery, shows that he emancipated slaves for the right reasons and with nothing but good intentions. Lincoln’s intention to free all slaves of their injustice substantiates his worthiness to have the title of “the Great Emancipator”, regardless of what Frederick Douglass had to say.
In the document of the Emancipation Proclamation Text, Lincoln expresses, “And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States and parts of States are, and henceforward shall be, free” and he goes on declaring that all Executive Government will recognize and maintain the freedom of all slaves.
For President Lincoln to free all slaves being informed of all the Southerners against it just shows that he really wanted to abolish slavery regardless of all the people against it. Even though he knew that the South would be infuriated, Lincoln did not let the South intimidate him. The last document I used, was the Commonwealth criticizes Abraham Lincoln, the commonwealth people state, “In one breath he intimates a desire that the negroes should stay where they are and work for wages; in the next, he invites them to become our soldiers.
What in the name of common sense can the President mean by advising these negroes to continue working for wages? ” By advising the slaves to continue working for wages Lincoln basically demonstrates that all men are created equal and by paying the slaves for their labor it would not be immoral. After everything that Lincoln has accomplished by being President, his most honorable achievement was emancipating slaves.
He demonstrated to all America that everyone had the right to be equal regardless of his or her race. Lincoln had courage and was very brave. If he did not put his foot down to end slavery then who else would have, Lincoln took a stand that everyone else was too intimidated to take, and for that Abraham Lincoln is worthy of the title “The Great Emancipator”.