A very significant role has been played by Abraham Lincoln in abolishing slavery although in achieving this objective, he had to face a lot of resistance to abolitionism. He always disliked slavery actively and at the same time we also achieved nationwide eminence as a politician due to his strenuous opposition to the extinction of slavery in the territories. However, when the breakup of the Whig party took place in 1850s, Lincoln decided to separate from some of his very old political allies when he decided to join hands with the antislavery advocates were present in the freshly created Republican Party (Miller, 2011). However he cannot be described as an abolitionist and inevitably a query that is faced by the contemporary students is that if he loathed slavery to such an extent why he was not an abolitionist? For this purpose, first of all it is very important that the attitude of Lincoln towards slavery should be examined and also what he proposed to do in his role as a statesman regarding it.
Views of Lincoln
Although in this regard the history has always remained rationally flawless, the legend of the Great Emancipator certainly resulted in twisting the knowledge related with the position adopted by Lincoln regarding slavery and also confused him with the person who had openly supported the elimination of slavery (Fehrenbacher, 1987). On the other hand, despite the fact that Lincoln believed that slavery was morally wrong, he was also aware of the fact that law also sanctioned it and at the same time, it also needs to be noted that he also acknowledged that the Constitution also guarantees the right of the slave holders to keep slaves and also the right that the fugitive slaves should be returned.
In the same way, Lincoln had not advocated anything that would challenge these rights before the outbreak of the Civil War. Therefore, as a result of disposition, he can be distinctly separated from the abolitionists as many of them actively supported the run-away slaves and nearly all of them considered that returning the fugitive slaves was unconscionable, irrespective of the provisions of the Constitution in this regard (Foner, 2010). Some of the most noteworthy abolitionists have openly criticized the Constitution and renounced its authority due to the reason that it protected slavery.