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Which description best captures Abraham Lincoln's approach to slavery before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation?

A;Lincoln was himself pro-slavery, but thought that states should have the right to choose whether or not slavery was legal.

B;Lincoln was indifferent on the issue of slavery.

C;Lincoln was willing to free slaves, but his top priority was to save the Union.

D;Lincoln was an abolitionist who wanted to outlaw slavery by any means necessary.

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