Abraham Lincoln And The Fugitive Slave Law

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Douglas developed his own doctrine of letting the people decide the question of slavery. He ridiculed Lincoln about his idea of state uniformity rather than domestic institutions and accused him of promoting a war of sectionalism. He also mocked “black Republicans” who he accused of demanding racial equality. Overall, he believed in the Southern interest, but supported popular sovereignty and ultimately alienated Southern voters. On the other hand Lincoln shared some Southern attitudes towards slaves as he agreed with the Dred Scott decision that slaves could not be citizens and refused to support the Fugitive Slave Law as well. Although he had no opposition against slavery, he also took a stand against it by regarding it as an evil and stated that in due time it would be abolished.…show more content…
Although he was not necessarily against slavery, he was against it as an evil, and knew that eventually it would not be a problem anymore. He showed a combination of conservatism with moral indignation and reforming passion that might have appealed to many Americans. Douglas seemed in many ways only criticizing Lincoln and his only solution to slavery was popular sovereignty. Conversely, Lincoln gave several points about his position on slavery and dealt with current events that involved slavery such as the Dred Scot decision and the Fugitive Slave

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