Essay on The Radical and the Republican

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The Radical and the Republican

This book was a view on slavery between during the Civil War. It shows the different views of the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. These two had very different views at first, but then learned to adapt to each other and eventually became great friends.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He had a strong hatred toward slavery; not just because he was a slave, but because he thought it to be inhumane and cynical. Douglass knew from a young age that he was an abolitionist. He believed slavery was a disease that needed to be eradicated. He ran away from his slave life in Maryland and headed to New York to be with other
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They worried that the large number of slaves would run to the Union army lines. Frederick Douglass thought that instead of turning the slaves away they should give them a uniform and a gun and let them fight alongside the white man. Most of the white men were against it. One soldier was quoted as saying “We don’t want to fight side by side with the nigger. We think we are a too superior race for that” (203). The whites didn’t think the black slaves were disciplined enough to be used in the Army. However, to Abraham Lincoln, it was hard to believe that the slaves raised in the environment they were could show such courage and confidence for necessary soldering. Lincoln was afraid that if they gave the blacks arms that they would be at the hands of the rebels, but by the end of the year, Lincoln changed his mind. At this news, Douglass and Lincoln arranged a meeting. This would be the first time that the two met.

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On the morning of August 10, 1863, Douglass went to the White House to speak to President Lincoln for the first time. Lincoln quickly put Douglass at ease. Douglass had always assumed that Abe was an honest man, and their meeting confirmed that accusation. They shared many commonalities as well as differences. They both had the goal of ending slavery once and for all. They both believed that slavery was wrong and unjust. They both believed that the Bible offered no help on ending slavery. Lincoln was