Lincoln’s Views on Slavery and the 13th Amendment

Here’s historian Daniel Crofts speaking on how Lincoln viewed slavery and the 13th Amendment.

The video’s description reads, “Daniel Crofts talked about his book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union. In his book, he describes how in 1861, Lincoln and the Republican party supported a constitutional amendment quite different from the one that was eventually ratified in 1865. He also argues that Lincoln was against slavery, but was willing to accept it in order to preserve the Union.”



  1. Al I was curious if you had any context for this quote, I see it going around the southron circles

    “I supported President Lincoln. I believed his war policy would be the only way to save the country, but I see my mistake. I visited
    Washington a few weeks ago, and saw the corruption of the present administration – and so long as Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet are
    in power, so long will war continue. And for what? For the preservation of the Constitution and the Union? No, but for the sake of politicians and government contractors.”

    J.P. Morgan, 1864 American financier and banker

    This of course is the problem…i can ONLY find it i southron circles, dixieoutfitters, al, etc… I was hoping for a …less delusional perspective

    1. The fact that they don’t provide a primary source is a big red flag that the quote may be a fake. If you can’t find it anywhere other than neoconfederate sites that plagiarize themselves, that’s another big red flag that it may be a fake.

      The fact that Morgan was working as an agent for his father and then as a member of a banking firm, not the head of one, in 1864 leads me to think even more that it’s probably a fake. I would assume it’s a fake unless someone can provide the primary source reference for it.

      1. Thanks for the insight Al, naturally the person did not provide the primary source since they don’t often do. But I was able to track down someone using the same quote on dixieoutfitters /gag yeah i had to sift through the garbage a bit. According to them they footnoted it at [5], and [5] appears to be: 5. New Haven Register; copied in New York World, 15 September 1864

        1. I’m doubtful of the veracity of the quote. The New York World had printed forged documents it claimed were from Lincoln.

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