Reply to "Did Abraham Lincoln plan to send ex-slaves to Central America after the Civil War?"

Originally Posted by Demerara_Guy:
We wondered whether mainstream historians believe that Lincoln was "making plans to send all freed slaves to the jungles of Central America once the (Civil War) was over" and that "the only thing that kept this from happening was his assassination."

 

The short answer is that Lincoln had long favored the "colonization" option, though as a voluntary option rather than a mandated removal. Moreover, his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, rendered even that voluntary option effectively dead -- and since that was more than two years before the end of the war on April 9, 1865, his assassination didn’t stop it from happening. Lincoln never spoke publicly of colonization after issuing the proclamation, and apparently did little behind the scenes to advance the idea after that date, focusing instead on creating a post-war society that included both blacks and whites.

 

 

Did Abraham Lincoln plan to send ex-slaves to Central America after the Civil War?, By Louis Jacobson on Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., Source

 

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