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By the time he became president Abraham Lincoln had committed himself to a number of antislavery policies that closely tracked those proposed by radical abolitionists: aboltion in Wasington, D.C., radical revision of the Fugitive Slave Act, a ban on slavery in the western territories, and suppression of slavery on the high seas. He justified these positions by invoking the “antislavery constitutionalism” developed by more radical abolitionists.
Yet in nearly every specific case Lincoln adopted a slightly less radical variation of the abolitionist policy, enabling him to distance himself from abolitionism and even claim that he was a “conservative.”


Lincoln Slavery

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