Lincoln and the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln said in 1858, I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races. President Lincoln is widely believed to be the fabled liberator of the slaves. However, Lincoln showed time and time again that he only cared about the fate of blacks as it served him and the interests of his administration. The major objective of President Lincolns administration was to preserve and sustain the Union. The southern states insurgence started as a result of disputes over states rights and representation in Congress; it was coincidence that most of the disputes in congress revolved around slavery.
The Civil War actually had little to do with slavery. During the Civil War President Lincoln wrote and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. It is true that this document freed slaves, however, it did not free all of the slaves. It left the slaves of the boarder states in bondage. The Emancipation Proclamation order only the slaves released that were in areas still in rebellion.
These two instances show that while Lincoln had no intention of changing relations between the races, circumstances dictated that he needed to change them to a certain extent. This supports the original statement made by President Lincoln in 1858.