Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves because, if some men could not be economically free, how could all men be guaranteed economic freedom in the future?
He did not however believe that the two races could live side by side, but knew that no man should be an economic slave.
Mr Lincoln coined the phrase, "The Right To Rise"
Our 16Th President came from extreme poverty and believed in, property rights, the rule of law, self interest, merit, and the free enterprise system.
Mr Lincoln wrote in 1859:
"The prudent, penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just and generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of condition to all"
Today, a different President said, YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT.
Free stuff makes men dependent, Abraham Lincoln wanted men to be independent!