The Emancipation Proclamation
In the third bloody year of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the Confederate States, those states that separated from the Union. The Proclamation, interestingly only addressed slavery in the southern states that had seceded from the Union, and did not address the issue of slavery in the states that were loyal to the Union. However, the Proclamation forever tied the issue of Freedom for slaves with the cause of the Civil War, as each victory for Union forces added more free territories to the nation. The Proclamation also allowed black men to enlist in the Army, and by the end of the Civil War, more than 200,000 black men had fought in the Union Army for their freedom.
The Emancipation Proclamation was a very important move for Abraham Lincoln, and for Americans everywhere. Why do you think it took so long to issue the Proclamation? Why do you think we had a Civil War?