The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation was the executive order given by US President Abraham Lincoln on the 1st of January, 1863, during the American Civil War. It proclaimed that 3.1 million of the the U.S.'s 4 million slaves were to eventually be freed as Union Armies advanced, and that 50,000 of them would be freed immediately. During September the year before, Lincoln had announced the forthcoming proclamation, which would formally free all slaves in any Confederate State that did not return to the fold.
Lincoln's decision was controversial, even in the North, since it granted freedom only to slaves over which the Union had no control. Though once southern slaves heard of the Proclamation, they quickly escaped in droves to the Union Army lines as the units moved South. As they advanced, thousands of slaves a day were freed until nearly the entire 4 million or so were liberated, sometime in July 1865. This succinct and poignant historical document should be read by anyone with an interest in the divisive and bloody days of America's Civil War, and what would be one of the first gestures toward a truly free American society.
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September 30, 2012
This is awesome... First time I read this I didn't appreciate it... But today I wish we had a president like him.. Thank you Abraham Lincoln for everything.
September 19, 2012
Thank u Lincon u will always be remembered the world need more like him
August 31, 2012
He freed the slaves enough said
August 04, 2012
May 07, 2012
I solute posthumous. You are all time great
March 19, 2012
Freedom is still a concept for many people around the world, and I wish it were true for everyone as stated here in The Emancipation Proclamation document.