Friday, November 16, 2012
Part I - According to Rhodes, in his "History of the United States," Vol. IV., page 344, he says; "Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was not issued from a humane standpoint. Lincoln hoped it would incite the Negroes to rise against the women and children."
"His Emancipation Proclamation was intended only as a punishment for the seceding states. It was with no thought of freeing the slaves of more than 300,000 slaveholders then in the Northern army."
"His Emancipation Proclamation was issued for a fourfold purpose and it was issued with fear and trepidation lest he should offend his Northern constituents.
He did it: "First: Because of an oath - that if Lee should be driven from Maryland he would free the slaves."
"Second: The time of enlistment had expired for many men in the army and he hoped this would encourage their re-enlistment."
"Third: Trusting that Southern men would be forced to return home to protect their wives and children from Negro insurrection."
"Fourth: Above all he issued it to prevent foreign nations from recognizing the Confederacy."
Lincoln admitted that he thought that the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation would "result in the massacre of women and children in the South." No mass insurrection ever took place. The violence that did occur as result of Lincoln's document took place in the North. (see part II later tonight).