Emancipation Proclamation

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The Emancipation Proclamation
The American Civil War and the ending of slavery through issuing the Emancipation Proclamation are the two crucial events of U.S. history. Perhaps the war would not have occurred if slavery did not exist because it is one of the main reasons that the southerners and northerners got into conflict. However, if there was no Civil War and Lincoln did not issue the Emancipation Proclamation declaring the freedom of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America, then slavery and liberation would not have taken the same course. Thus, the Emancipation Proclamation was a momentous event that many historians have been discussed its significance in U.S. history and that a lot of people now are still
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Yet he also had to hold onto antislavery partisans in his own Republican Party.
When president Lincoln first issued the preliminary decree of the Emancipation Proclamation in September of 1862, he sought for a gradual emancipation and proposed compensation for slaveholders for giving up their “property”. He declared that freedom would be granted to the slaves in the rebellious states unless they accepted to return to the Union. However, he received no support from Confederate states nor Congress, then he went on to issue the second order, also known as the final Emancipation Proclamation in January 1, 1863. As Lincoln was naming specific areas that the order would take affect, he declared: “that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are henceforward shall be … forever free.” In reality, the order freed only slaves that were fighting for the Confederacy and the U.S. had no power to enforce laws in areas that it did not control, thus the slaves were only free in theory. However, one of the most important outcomes of this switch was to keep England and France from entering the war in support of the South. These foreign countries had a strong anti-slavery sentiment thus it was impossible for them


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