You have been divided into two groups. Group A will support gradual emancipation position. Group B will support immediate emancipation. Character does not have to be an actual historical figure.
You can be, for example, journalist, politician, teacher, a domestic servant or a sharecropper. Just make sure that you ground your analysis in academic sources, and you demonstrate you have done all the required work by integrating it into your debate positions.
Stay in character throughout the discussion means if you say you are a certain name than each response should have this person’s name.
Also, no modern-day history facts should be used in this debate Lincoln is still alive meaning discussing the Emancipation Proclamation is not appropriate but the rumor of it can be discussed.
Remember the Emancipation Proclamation was a gradual emancipation document because it only freed slaves in the Confederate states but allowed Union states to still continue slavery.
You will be supporting Group A: Gradual Emancipation