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The Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln

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The executive order that gave all slaves freedom in the states still in the rebellion.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:

By the President of the United States of America:

A PROCLAMATION

Whereas on the 22nd day of September, A.D. 1862, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit:

"That on the 1st day of January, A.D. 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; and the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom.

"That the executive will on the 1st day of January aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and part. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Emancipation Proclamation is a moving and thought provoking document. It demonstrates a President's conviction to create change for the better good of all people in spite of the opposition of the times. During the Civil Rights movement of the 60's President Lyndon Johnson reminded us that e...more

Better late (and for military reasons) than never.

Excellent

Brief, articulate and to the point. A masterpiece of American history and justice. Sadly, in the mind of some, the Civil War is still going on, which is not to say that we should cease the pursuit of equality.

A MUST READ!

EXCELLENT!!! It has been quite some time since reading this back in jr. high. Unfortunately, we; the "whites" of the USA, have not lived up to the PROMISES MADE to the African Americans in the Emancipation Proclamation.

Even today in 2018 there continues to be PREJUDICE...more

Four minutes to read, a lifetime to understand its implications.

Essential for any student of American history. The proclaimation shifted the war from a conflict about secession and states rights to a moral conflict about hu an rights.

A Important Historic Document

On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary version of The Emancipation Proclamation. I urge all Americans to read this document and understand its importance in American history. Many believe this document was an action to end slavery and grant b...more

I have read this before in middle school but re read it for my African American history class. I think I understood it better the second time around.

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