How did Abraham Lincoln feel about states’ rights during the Civil War?

way2cutu asked:


I have to write a report about Abraham Lincoln. I have looked on google and wikipedia and I cannot find anything about Lincoln and states’ rights. Can you please help me? How did Lincoln feel about states’ rights?

Thank you so much!

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8 Responses to “How did Abraham Lincoln feel about states’ rights during the Civil War?”

  1. The Dude says:

    Lincoln believed in states’ rights but believed that the rights of human beings (slaves) was much more important. States’ right in the South were for slavery so if Lincoln supported state’s rights in the south or almost anywhere then he would be supporting slavery.

  2. Pro Con says:

    Some Guy:
    Excellent paper. Thanks for the link.

    That link contains pretty much everything you need to write a decent report.

    It may also be helpful to quote parts of the Gettysburg Address:

    “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate…we can not consecrate…we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government: of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

  3. LowFuss says:

    Look harder.

  4. glenn b says:

    I am not sure he much cared about any rights unless you mean his right to tax all that Cotton the south had.

  5. Think Outside the Ballot Box says:

    He felt they were secondary to the preservation of the Union. Whether or not you agree with this sentiment, it’s socioeconomic ramifications or it’s constitutionality is, of course, up for debate.

  6. Nate says:

    That they didn’t have the Right to destroy the Union of States!

  7. SomeGuy says:

    For your report, you should look at Abraham Lincoln and Federalism.
    The link should give you enough info.

  8. Western European Mutt - WEM says:

    Lincoln invaded the south when they talked about states rights.

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