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Describe how the war to save the Union became the war to end slavery.

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When the Civil War began with the secession of Southern states from the Union, Lincoln was quite willing to allow these states to continue slavery if it would preserve the Union—in other words, if they would come back to the United States.

However, as the war dragged on, and it became clear these states were not going to return until they were utterly defeated, Lincoln became anxious to hasten that victory. He thought freeing the slaves would encourage the newly-freed slaves as well as already free blacks to fight for the union cause, further draining resources from the South. When he issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, that effectively turned a war against breaking up the union into a war to end slavery. The war did drag on for two years longer, but after 1863, it was clear that the end of the war would mean the...

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