The Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation

Abolitionists & African-American civil rights activists applauded Lincoln freeing the slaves & giving them the right to join the Army. The South, however, thought Lincoln's act was even worse than what Jonh Brown did years earlier

The Emancipation Proclamtion was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863; months after the Union won the battle of Antiedam. The reason why Lincoln took so long to issue the proclamation was because he worried the border states would join the Confederacy because they wouldn't agree with his decision.

This also kept England and France out of the war because it proved the Confederacy couldn't handle being independent.

The Emancipation Proclamation also raised the stakes of the Civil War ( Ex: If the south lost, the Confederate states couldn't limp its way bock into the Union if they still keep slavery legal. If the South won, slavery would stay apart of Southern life. If the North won, the South would be foced back into the Union without slavery .

Because the slaves were very joyous of the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln turned Southern slave labor into Northern fighting power for many battles in the future.


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