Abraham Lincoln vehemently advocates for the ratification of the thirteenth amendment. He states that, by abolishing slavery, it will settle the slavery dispute and set the tone for the future of those currently enslaved and those who would otherwise be enslaved in the future.
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.