In 1863

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln passed both Emancipation Proclamations in Congress which saw the abolition of slavery. Many would refer to Lincoln as the “Great Emancipator” because of his role in the passing of such a profound bill and it is a common belief by many that Lincoln had always been in favor of the abolition of slavery right from the beginning. However, there is much evidence to show that Lincoln was not always opposed to slavery given his support for the Crittenden Doctrine, which restricted the ability of Congress to ever intervene with slavery. In addition to this, Lincoln was paralyzed as President as any substantive opposition to Slavery could see another wave of secession of the border and Southern states.