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Collaborators for EmancipationAbraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy$
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William F. Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038464

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038464.001.0001

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Restoring the Founding Purposes, 1862

Restoring the Founding Purposes, 1862

(p.125) 9 Restoring the Founding Purposes, 1862
Collaborators for Emancipation

William F. Moore

Jane Ann Moore

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy's commitment towards holding together the Union while restoring the Founding Fathers' ideology as articulated in the Declaration of Independence. It first considers the debate in the Joint Congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War about who had the right to investigate whether Democratic generals were not sufficiently committed to the Union cause to engage the rebels in battle. It then discusses laws enacted in the Thirty-Seventh Congress with the aim of promoting the nation's welfare; Lovejoy's bill “to secure freedom to all persons within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal Government”; Lincoln's proposal for gradual emancipation in the four border states; and the growing friendship between Lincoln and Lovejoy. The chapter also analyzes the Second Confiscation Act; factions within the Republican Party in the House; Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation; and Lovejoy's reelection in 1862. Finally, it addresses the question of whether Lincoln was a radical.

Keywords:   emancipation, Abraham Lincoln, Owen Lovejoy, Union, Thirty-Seventh Congress, friendship, Second Confiscation Act, Emancipation Proclamation, Republican Party

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