According to Douglass, what was happening in the North in 1863?
“Lincoln was alarmed about the increasing opposition to the war in the North, and the mad cry against it being an abolition war.” (paragraph 1)
When Lincoln became president the Civil War was about keeping the Union together. He thought that if the Union was one country that the issue of states’ rights (topic slavery) could be solved. As the war went on and Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation some in the north feared that the war was about abolishing slavery.
What was Lincoln worried about?
“Lincoln worried that (Northerners who opposed the war would force him to accept an early peace) which would leave all those who had not escaped in slavery.” (paragraph 2)
What was Douglass’s conclusion about Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation?
After meeting with Lincoln, Douglass gets an understanding of Lincoln’s thought about slavery. He states in his book that “the proclamation, so far as least as he was concerned, was not passed merely as a necessity.” There was more behind just the benefits to the military that the freed slaves would create and the damage that it would do to the Confederacy (loss of labor). It was about doing the right (constitutional) thing in abolishing slavery.