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Part 4: Lincoln, The Great Emancipator

"Lincoln truly was the Great Emancipator. He freed thousands of slaves even though some would argue that he didn't.  As Professor McPherson pointed out, the Emancipation Proclamation instantly freed tens of thousands of slaves were freed along the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida Learning about Lincoln as the Emancipator this week has really opened up my eyes to many different points of view and has been very interesting.  Although you could argue that Lincoln saved them for a military purpose only, he also cared deeply about the liberty of all men and felt that the slaves deserved their freedom just as much as any other human being. I have learned a lot about Lincoln as the Emancipator and I have come away from this institute with many new and interesting ideas about it." - Student from Gaithersburg, MD

Lincoln, The Great Emancipator"Lincoln the Emancipator: seizing a legitimate, diplomatic and military opportunity to free the slaves to also fulfill his personal moral discomfiture with slavery. He released the Emancipation with politics in mind; he waited until the war seemed to be going in his favor (after Antietam) to release such a large and groundbreaking measure to help cripple the South's economy. But, simultaneously, he also started a moral crusade against slavery, something that he, like Jefferson, thought was against natural human law, which he brought to full fruition in the 1865 ratification of the 13th amendment." - Student from Brier, WA

"During the week, I have learned the many different ways people see Lincoln as an emancipator.  Most of the speakers view Lincoln as a positive figure for doing something so unpopular.  Others see him as doing it a war act to boost the morale of the enslaved peoples and others simply see him as one who did it with disregarding their possibility for achieving more rights.  After hearing all the perspectives, I see Lincoln as a person who saw the emancipation as a process.  He knew he could not write an amendment for every state without going beyond the powers of the presidency.  Overall, as an emancipator, Lincoln did what he saw fit to give all people their natural rights to lead to more Civil Rights and reunite the country." - Student from Fort Wayne, IN

"During the week, I have learned the many different ways people see Lincoln as an emancipator.  Most of the speakers view Lincoln as a positive figure for doing something so unpopular.  Others see him as doing it a war act to boost the morale of the enslaved peoples and others simply see him as one who did it with disregarding their possibility for achieving more rights.  After hearing all the perspectives, I see Lincoln as a person who saw the emancipation as a process.  He knew he could not write an amendment for every state without going beyond the powers of the presidency.  Overall, as an emancipator, Lincoln did what he saw fit to give all people their natural rights to lead to more Civil Rights and reunite the country." - Student from Hong Kong  

Read about students' experience at the conference:

Part 1: Student Expectations
Part 2: Lincoln, The Man
Part 3: Lincoln, The Commander In Chief
Part 4: Lincoln, The Great Emancipator
Part 5: Experiencing College Life
Part 6: Visiting The Battlefield
Part 7: The CWI


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