Book cover - The Emancipation Proclamation - Author Abraham Lincoln

The Emancipation Proclamation

Author Abraham Lincoln

  • Release Date: 1865-01-01
  • Genre: United States
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The Emancipation Proclamation Summary

The Emancipation Proclamation - Emancipation Proclamation summary: The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, as the country entered the third year of the Civil War. It declared that "all persons held as slaves … shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free"—but it applied only to states designated as being in rebellion, not to the slave-holding border states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri or to areas of the Confederacy that had already come under Union control. The careful planning of this document, with Lincoln releasing it at just the right moment in the war, ensured that it had a great positive impact on the Union efforts and redefined the purpose of the war. The Emancipation Proclamation continues to be a symbol of equality and social justice.

The Emancipation Proclamation Review

  • Wow!

    By Putertech
    I could almost hear his voice, Abe....what a great speaker
  • God Bless You Abe!

    By Truefix71
    The greatest words ever put on paper...well next to the words of the bible.


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