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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was a wartime measure, one which only applied to those states that had seceded from the Union. For Lincoln, it was motivated by a combination of moral and pragmatic...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln did not officially have to wait for a Union victory to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. By this, I mean that there was no law or anything like that that said the proclamation...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016, 8:18 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

I don’t believe the exceptions limited the effects of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln was very clever in the exceptions he placed in the Proclamation. Lincoln only freed slaves in...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2010, 8:29 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

It is a challenge to enter Lincoln's mind and probe to see all the different hopes and angles to his issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. We do know that one of the hopes of the document was...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2009, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Because it wasn’t politically, strategically, personally or practically possible. In fact, the Emancipation Proclamation freed no slaves at all, as in September of 1862 no seceded state was yet...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011, 1:48 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

When people think of the Emancipation Proclamation, they often immediately associate it with the freeing of the slaves in the American South during the Civil War. The fact is that the Emancipation...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Part of Lincoln's instructions were realistic and part were not. Overall, Lincoln told the freed slaves two things. Here is the quote: And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012, 2:58 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Even before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was opposed to the institution of slavery. As far back as the 1850s, he declared that slavery was "an unqualified evil to the Negro, the white man, and...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 3:41 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

First, it should be noted that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order, so it wasn't an attempt to enter a political debate. So it does not exactly have a thesis as such. It did,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011, 11:34 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation only after a lot of consideration. Lincoln did not want to alienate the border states, particularly Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland, who...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2017, 7:25 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

For approximately the first year and a half of the Civil War, Lincoln and his administration attempted to put down the rebels without disrupting the social order of the South—in other words,...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018, 3:11 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. It declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states rebelling against the Union would be immediately...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln deplored slavery and believed if its spread into the west was prohibited, in time, slavery would eventually die out in the south. It was for this belief that John C. Calhoun swore if...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2012, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863. Originally, Lincoln was slow to make slavery an issue in the Civil War, knowing that if he did so, states that supported...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2011, 3:25 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. By 1863, ending slavery was a much more important goal for the North. By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln was sending a message...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018, 2:32 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

There were at least three main considerations that led Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. First, there was his personal opposition to slavery. Though Lincoln was not an abolitionist,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2012, 10:09 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation did not actually free any enslaved people at the time it was issued. It proclaimed that all slaves in states "in rebellion against the United States" were free. People...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016, 2:43 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

This is true to a very great extent. The reason for this is that the Emancipation Proclamation did not really free any slaves immediately. It claimed to free the slaves who were in areas that...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2012, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation was a combination of what we might today call an executive order and an action pursuant to Lincoln's authority as commander in chief. Did the slave states immediately...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2012, 4:54 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

King spoke often about the Emancipation Proclamation. He famously sent a telegram to newly inaugurated President John F. Kennedy in 1961 petitioning the President for a "second Emancipation...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2016, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation for a number of reasons. First and foremost, he knew that declaring an end to slavery would keep Europe out of the war. By re-defining the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2011, 8:56 am (UTC)

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The Emancipation Proclamation

We can make this statement because the Emancipation Proclamation only "freed" slaves who were not in any place where the Proclamation could be enforced. The Emancipation Proclamation freed only...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2012, 11:22 pm (UTC)

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