According to Lincoln, who is to blame for the terrible consequences of the Civil War?

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Abraham Lincoln was a very wise President. Just as President Lincoln forced the South to decide if there would be an attack on Fort Sumter by sending unarmed ships filled with supplies to resupply the fort, President Lincoln was careful when it came time to blame anybody for the Civil...

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Abraham Lincoln was a very wise President. Just as President Lincoln forced the South to decide if there would be an attack on Fort Sumter by sending unarmed ships filled with supplies to resupply the fort, President Lincoln was careful when it came time to blame anybody for the Civil War.

President Lincoln acknowledged that slavery was a major factor leading to the Civil War. However, he was careful not to blame the southerners for the severe consequences of the Civil War. He knew that when the North would win the Civil War, the South would have to be brought back into the Union. Blaming any group of people would make the reconciliation process more difficult. Many people expected President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address to be to one where he would praise the values of the Union and lay blame at the feet of the southern people. However, that didn’t happen. His address was the second shortest inaugural address ever. It was a very low-key and humble inaugural address.

President Lincoln knew we had to eventually reunite the Union, and he wasn’t about to do anything that would make the process more difficult. Blaming southerners for the Civil War would have made the process of reuniting the country more difficult.

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