Emancipation Proclamation

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The emancipation proclamation was an order signed by president Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War in attempt to abolish slavery in the ten rebellion states in the confederacy. The order took effect on January 1, 1863 in attempts to free more than 3.5 million slaves in the confederate area where they rebelled against the Union, and to maintain apprehended freedom between the newly freed slaves and the federal government and military. This was a turning point in the Civil war as Abraham lincoln changed the focal point of the war from secession to slavery, which the South [Jefferson Davis] didn’t want to occur, in fear of losing foreign allies, such as anti-slavery Great Britain. The North really increased their chances of …show more content…

The fifth article, “The Emancipation Proclamation in England” is from Tory Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. The article speaks of the act as a “monstrous, reckless, devilish project” that will not succeed. However, it is agreed that the emancipation is a turning point for the North in the war. It is argued that the emancipation proclamation will turn the confederate half of the continent into a living hell by, quoting the article, “letting loose upon their hearths and homes the lust and savagery of four million negroes.” The article ends by stating that this war will stand in history as the most horrific and wicked. Lastly, the sixth article, “English Working Classes Cheer (1863) from a liberal and member of the parliament, Richard Cobden expresses his approval of the emancipation proclamation as he discussed England’s anti- slavery feeling that has grown since the announcement of the president’s emancipation proclamation policy. He speaks on the people of England’s desire for personal freedom as they supported public meetings on the subject. Cobden clarifies England’s support and favor with the North versus the South as he stated, “If an attempt were made by the government in any way to commit us to the South, a


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