Winthrop D. Jordan, Miriam Greenblatt, and John S. Bowes, The Americans: A History (Evanston, Illinois: McDougal, Little & Company, 1991), 348.
Lincoln said, 'I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.' At the same time, he insisted that slavery was a moral, social, and political wrong and hoped it would eventually disappear where it existed in the South. He confessed that he had no idea how or when this would happen. However, he stressed again and again that the moral wrong of slavery should not be allowed to spread.