QatzelOk wrote:This quote suggests that the "emancipation" of black slaves after the Civil War was really about throwing cheap labor at Northern industrialists. You know, the ones who could afford to buy any war they wanted.
Rich Americans, killing their own kind for profit.
* sigh *
Illinois at the time of Lincoln was considered the west. He didn't represent the regional interests of the industrialized North East. (His Secretary of State William Seward did that, lol).
There is much wrong with the conclusion you and others (you're in the company of neo-confederates and southern racists by the way) draw from quotes like the above.
- Lincoln cannot be considered an abolitionist until about mid-1862 when he made the first draft of the emancipation proclamation.
- Until then Lincoln was a typical free-soiler. You are on to something concerning labor, but it hasn't anything to do with gaining cheap labor for industry (there was plenty of that already). The free-soiler position was to protect small farms from having to compete with slave labor and large plantations. It was Lincoln's goal at the time he took office (in regard to slavery) to stop the spread of slavery to the western territories, not to end it where it already existed in the south, and he said as much in his first inaugural address.
- Lincoln was being beat over the head politically with what would be considered very outrageous claims for the day. That he wanted the races to mix and that free blacks should be equal citizens with White people. 150+ years later, we have a very different perspective. But for Lincoln to not strongly counter these claims (which is what he was doing in the quote from the OP) would have been the end of him politically. Racism was the norm for the day in Illinois and all the other Northern states. In fact many of the Northern states had black laws limiting the rights of free black citizens. If Lincoln had expressed opinions even slightly atypical in regard to race in the late 1850's, he would be only a footnote in history today, if even that.
But the myth that the Civil War was about ending racism or slavery
It was absolutely 100% about
slavery. It was never about ending "racism". I'm not sure on what basis you make the claim that anyone ever said it was. I think it is fair to say tha you assume to know what Americans are taught about the civil war in school, when actually you don't have the first clue.
Lincoln's goal in March of 1861 was simply preservation of the Union, but as I said before by 1862 it had become emancipation.