The emancipation proclomation

What was the emancipation proclamation?

The emancipation proclamation was a document stating that all people that where held as slaves where now known as free. Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd, 1862. It states that if the Southern states did not cease their rebellion by January 1st, 1863, then Proclamation would go into effect. When the Confederacy did not yield, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863. President Lincoln justified the Emancipation Proclamation as a war measure intended to cripple the Confederacy. Being careful to respect the limits of his authority, Lincoln applied the Emancipation Proclamation only to the Southern states in rebellion.

Why did Abraham Lincoln write the emancipation proclamation?

   The document was his symbol of equality and social justice. He wanted all people to be free. The north was starting to realize how wrong it was to have slaves but the south wasn't. You have to realize it was the Souths way of life. Yet, the south had to make it make it right according to the north. Hense fourth Lincolns idea to write the emancipation proclamation.

How many pages does the document have?

  The proclamation consists five pages. Each page is hand written in beautiful script.Who helped write the document?

   Lincoln was the only person who helped write and sign the emancipation proclamation. Lincoln was the 16th president of the united states. Lincoln was a high believer in freedom.                                                         

What happened after the emancipation proclamation?

How did the document help save slaves?

      The proclamation freed all slaves in states that were still in rebellion on January 1, 1863. Lincoln used vacated Congressional seats to determine the areas still in rebellion, as some parts of the South had already been recaptured and representatives returned to Congress under Union supervision. As the proclamation freed slaves only in rebellious areas it actually freed no one, since these were areas not yet under Union control. The measure was still one of the most important acts in American history, however, as it meant slavery would end when those areas were recaptured. Most crucially, this measure effectively sabotaged Confederate attempts to secure recognition by foreign governments, especially Great Britain. When reunification was the sole goal of the North, the Confederates could be viewed by foreigners as freedom fighters being held against their will by the Union. After the Emancipation Proclamation, the Southern cause was now the defense of slavery. The proclamation was a shrewd maneuver by Lincoln to brand the Confederate States as a slave nation and render foreign aid impossible.

       The measure was met by a good deal of opposition, as many Northerners were unwilling to fight for the freedom of blacks; however, the proclamation signaled the death knell for slavery and had the effect on British opinion that Lincoln desired. Britain, which was ideologically opposed to slavery, could no longer recognize the Confederacy, and goodwill towards the Union forces swelled in Britain. With this measure, Lincoln effectively isolated the Confederacy and killed the institution that was at the root of sectional differences.

   The emancipation had a great affect on the north and south. In the end all slaves where freed. Today it is still one of the greatest acts to be remembered and will always be thanked for the freedom it gave.

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