Lincoln: Yeaman Congress

George Helm, a representative of Kentucky, pleads his case against emancipation. He questions what will happen to colored folk if all 4 million will be set free in one instance; would it mean that it gives them the power to vote and have a voice? Helm believes this enfranchisement is too costly to the current structure of society and mocks the notion of transferring power out of the white man's hands.

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  1. How could someone disgusted by slavery be against the 13th amendment?
  2. What are Yeaman's fears about enfranchisement?

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    compare the effects of political, economic, and social factors on slaves and free blacks
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