How Did Lincoln Free African Americans

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Nova Net Notes Lincoln had only a brief career in politics. After serving in the Illinois state legislature, he was elected to Congress as a Whig. There, he voted for the Wilmot Proviso. After a single term, he returned to Illinois to practice law. Recall that the Wilmot Proviso was a proposal that aimed to ban slavery in all territories that might become part of the United States as a result of the Mexican-American War. Lincoln’s opposition to the Kansas-Nebraska Act brought him back into politics, this time embracing the Republican cause. He had long been a rival of Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas, the author of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Their rivalry was personal as well as political. Both men had courted Mary Todd, who ended…show more content…
Discrimination is the denial of equal rights or equal treatment to certain groups of people. Slavery had largely ended in the North by the early 1800s. Free African Americans there were joined by new arrivals from the South. Freedom, however, did not grant equal treatment. African Americans were often denied the right to vote. They were not allowed to work in factories or in skilled trades. Even when they sought the least desirable jobs, they were at a disadvantage. Many employers preferred to hire white immigrants rather than African Americans. Prejudice against African Americans led to the racial segregation of schools and public facilities. Turned away by white congregations, African Americans formed their own churches. For example, people who had been freed from slavery started the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in 1816. White newspapers often portrayed African Americans as inferior. African Americans responded by starting their own publications. The first newspaper owned and run by African Americans was Freedom’s Journal, which was established in 1827 in New York. Its editor, John B. Russwurm, had been one of the first African Americans to graduate from an American
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