Oh dear. Methinks that Wull Hutton should try reading some american history before he starts pontificating on it.
Instead he is resolutely following his hero Abraham Lincoln, trying vainly to build a cabinet of all the talents. Apparently he gives every new cabinet member Doris Kearns Goodwin\’s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals. But Lincoln had a majestic moral cause – the abolition of slavery – before which even political rivals buried their differences.
Lincoln\’s great cause was not the abolition of slavery, it was the preservation of the Union.
Lincoln is famously quoted as writing:
"If I could free all the slaves and preserve the Union I would do that. If I could free none of the slaves and preserve the Union I would do that. If I could free some slaves and leave others is place and save the Union, I would do that also."
The Emancipation Proclamation, which most closely conformed with the \’free some slaves\’ idea, was purely a war measure. It was designed to limit the effectiveness slaves as resources. It also made more unattractive to England and France a possible recognition of the Confederacy. It did not free slaves in Union states such as Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky or Missouri, or in areas of the South that the Union controlled—merely those in areas still in rebellion.
Lincoln resisted, for a time, arming freed slaves or blacks. He overturned acts of emancipation by Hunter in South Carolina and Fremont in Missouri.