Friday, January 01, 2016

Emancipation Proclamation

152 Years Ago Today

The Emancipation Proclamation -- "President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863..."

"...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free..."

Some interesting facts about the Emancipation Proclamation

  • Its application was to the states that had seceded from the Union, and did not address slavery within the United States. 
  • It exempted parts of the Confederacy that had already come under Union control. (It specifically named ten states and then excluded certain counties in them -- the counties that were under Union control.)
  • Its promised freedom was based upon military victory.
  • It was designed to make the abolition of slavery the goal of the war between the Union and the Confederacy
  • It announced that black men would be accepted into the army of the United States.

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