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He delayed issuing the Emancipation Proclamation until the time seemed right to him both politically and for maximum advantage in the war effort. Lincoln's cautious approach to handling political affairs often made him seem passive. He preferred to respond to events, rather than act, declaring himself that "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me...
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He preferred to respond to events, rather than act, declaring himself that "I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me." This is perhaps a humble assessment of Lincoln's ability to wait until he had thoroughly assessed a situation. Lincoln constantly resisted pressures to be rushed into rash action by those around him...
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