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Emancipation Proclamation
A look at Lincoln's 1862 declaration freeing slaves including its background, moral and political issues and the short- and long-term effects on the Civil War and the nation.
# 19372 | 2,250 words | 6 sources | 1992 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2003 in History (U.S. Before 1865) , History (U.S. Presidency)


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"In September, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary version of his Emancipation Proclamation. With this proclamation, Lincoln announced the fact that freeing the black slaves was a Northern objective in the Civil War. Specifically, the Emancipation Proclamation gave the South "until January 1, 1863, to return to the Union or face emancipation" (Paludan 200). Lincoln's statement was issued a few days after the Northern victory in the Battle at Antietam. The President had been waiting for a strong Northern victory before making his proclamation. Following the Battle at Antietam, Lincoln told the members of his administration that he "had made a covenant with God .... that if the army drove the enemy from Maryland he would issue his Emancipation Proclamation" (McPherson 557).


Prior to that time, Lincoln was concerned only with..."

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